One of the most famous artists in history, Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was also a man with another powerful passion - for books. An insatiable reader, Van Gogh spent his life hungrily consuming as many books as he could. He read, reread, and copied out books in Dutch, English, and French. He knew many passages by heart from works by Dickens, Zola, Shakespeare, and Maupassant, among many others. As he wrote to his brother, Theo, in one of their hundreds of letters: “I have a more or less irresistible passion for books.”
Explore Van Gogh’s musings on his favorite writers, including Thomas a Kempis, Charles Blanc, Honoré de Balzac, Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Erckmann-Chatrian, Homer, Victor Hugo, Pierre Loti, Jules Michelet, William Shakespeare, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Émile Zola
Mariella Guzzoni is an independent scholar and art curator living in Bergamo, Italy. Over many years, she has collected editions of the books that Vincent van Gogh read and loved.
|Kiadó||University of Chicago Press|
|Múzeumi kollekciók||Magyar Nemzeti Galéria|
|Oldalszám és illusztrációk||224 pages, 132 color plates|