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Vincent Van Gogh: A Tortured Artist. Full Biography

Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Vincent Van Gogh: A Tortured Artist. An influential figure in the history of Western art.

Unlike most artists, Van Gogh developed very slowly, beginning with work as an art dealer that exposed him to many great works. He undertook this work for several years, after which he spent time as a missionary for the Dutch Reformed Church. Thereafter, he drifted for several years before returning home to his parents’ house, where he took up painting, largely self-taught with books on anatomy and painting. His great works all date from the later years of his life.

Inside you’ll hear about:

  • Early Life
  • The First Four Years of Creativity
  • Stylistic Developments and Influences
  • Paris
  • Arles
  • Van Gogh and Gauguin
  • Hospitalization
  • Life in an Asylum
  • Van Gogh’s Death

And much more!

Totally neglected in his life, he suffered from psychosis for much of his life and was treated for depression unsuccessfully. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29, 1890. Only after his death, thanks to the efforts of his brother, Theo, he achieved recognition as a great artist.

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excellent

This book has treasures of information and has all Vincent's greatest works. We get an I depth look at this brilliant man who never gave up. Highly recommend.

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Great and useful techniques!

Well-printed, great form factor and the accompanying text is invaluable. For anyone interested in the life and process of this brilliant artist, this catalog of his complete works is mandatory

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Though I've only begun to look through this book,

Though I've only begun to look through this book, I am enjoying every moment with the artwork and will read every word. Very happy to have all this in one book!

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excellent

Dear Vincent paintings can be deeply studied in this book. Outstanding presentation. Buy this one if you want to know a complete life of van Gogh : )

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This book is easy-to-read, easy-to-understand.

This book is easy-to-read, easy-to-understand. None of the ambiguous superficial commentaries about paintings. Only wish the paintings could be bigger on page. Definitely worth the money

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good one

Just what I was looking for. A definitive collection of Van Gogh's work. Visually beautiful and well written. I got this as a Christmas gift for my brother. But, I ended up getting a second copy for myself because I liked it so much. I am a big fan of Taschen. I have their Da Vinci book also, which is just as good.

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good listen

This book is larger than I expected. It's a book Van Gogh fans will appreciate

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good one

this thick, top quality book does justice do the staggering greatness of the artist. a must for any fan. well worth the price.

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This is one fantastic book . I gave it to a grandd

This is one fantastic book . I gave it to a granddaughter for Christmas and she is an art student in college and she love it. I looked it over very well before wrapping it up. Fascinating book.

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Amazing coffee table book.

Amazing coffee table book. Beautiful images and very detailed content.love this book ! Highly recommended.

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  • 05-31-19

A gem. For anyone who is interested in Van Gogh .


A gem. For anyone who is interested in Van Gogh .... this mammoth work covers his life and his work in fascinating and entertaining detail. It's a joy to read. At almost 1000 pages, it is a tome, to be sure. But so readable one can keep it close by to enjoy in bits and pieces. The most intriguing portion is the author's wonderful sleuthing which uncovered a deeply moving possibility ... that Van Gogh did not commit suicide, but rather spared two young boys who mistakenly fired the fatal gun shot. The forensic details are very convincing.

A picture emerges of not only a revolutionary artistic genius .... but a deeply spiritual and generous heart. The myth of the mad artist is beautifully laid to rest.

Highly recommended.

PS. The book is HUGE. It really makes little difference between the hardback or the paperback. Neither is a "lap" book. so personally I would probably choose the hardback .... because it's a book one will refer to for years to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

This is a very well-written story of Vincent van


This is a very well-written story of Vincent van Gogh's tortured life, which took the authors a good 10 years to research and to compile the information gathered. It was written in chronological order for the most part making the continuity wonderful to read!

I have a kindle which I love but unfortunately the pictures were not in color so I ordered a hard back copy for myself and my son and am thinking about ordering more as gifts.

While the book portrays van Gogh as a tortured soul, it also led me to believe that he was a very intelligent man who was ahead of his time.

I recommend this book to everyone...it's well-written and is an all around great--although sad--story of one of our greatest artist!

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  • Sarah W. Hale$$
  • 05-31-19

I feel like I know VVG very well after reading th


I feel like I know VVG very well after reading this book. The authors spent 10 years writing this, and a masterpiece it is. I do believe it will become the definitive work on Van Gogh. Comes w/ a companion website with photos of Vincent’s paintings referenced in the book, as well as access to hundreds of pages of notes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

True, it is well researched and contains more inf


True, it is well researched and contains more information than I ever thought I'd need to know about Vincent. Vincent was always my favorite artist since the 70s. However, after reading this book ( I'm just 400 pages in and will finish it eventually) I don't think I will look at his art in the same way. I will be thinking of what a terrible and selfish person he was. As far as books about artists -- I thought the book the same authors wrote about Jackson Pollock was so much more interesting and well written and I came out of reading Pollock more of a fan of his art than I was when I started reading about him. Go figure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

If you want the definitive biography on Van Gogh t

If you want the definitive biography on Van Gogh this is it. It's comprehensive, extensive, not at all dull, has quite a few photographs and letters. My first reading was borrowed from the library and I liked it enough to buy not only a hardcopy but a digital copy for my iPad. If you've had the opportunity to see his work and are a fan you will enjoy this.

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  • Daria
  • 05-31-19

Amazing book, I had no idea about Vincent and his


Amazing book, I had no idea about Vincent and his life. Very interesting. The writer has gone into detail revealing Van Gogh's life and his eccentricities. I am, however, still reading it. I started the book at a very busy time, so I have limited time to read right now. I do grab the book and read every chance I get. It has photos that are so interesting to, maybe U spend a little too much time perusing the photos too. Really into this book.

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  • Jason
  • 05-31-19

It's not easy to reconcile the powerful experienc


It's not easy to reconcile the powerful experience of viewing one of Vincent's great paintings with the knowledge that he was a man that always smelled bad, drank too much, had tertiary syphilis from his visits with the whores, and quarreled with everybody he knew. To the author's credit, he resists the temptation to go down the path that the world was not ready for someone as beautiful as Vincent. We get an exhaustive narrative of his life but, unfortunately it gets dry at times and repetitive: Vincent fails, asks his brother Theo for more money, and Theo sends money.

This leads back to the question of reconciling Vincent the man with Vincent's paintings. Is it necessary for him to have been a beautiful man in order to produce such beautiful things. The author presents the case that the answer is no.

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  • Tom Mudy
  • 05-31-19

I'm not into art or artist's techniques so this b


I'm not into art or artist's techniques so this book was perfect for me. If you're looking to get to know the life and background of the man this is the book to buy. The author does cover some of how Van Gogh's techniques and style developed, but doesn't get bogged down in it. It is a really long book (the largest book I've ever read) and the writing style of the author made it an easy book to get through and interesting as well. You'll definitely get to know Vincent and his art when you read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

Excellent! It was a lengthy book


Excellent! It was a lengthy book (by my standards) but very comprehensive and well done. It makes great use of the thousands of letters and correspondence between Vincent, his brother Theo, and others during his life that gives you great insight as to what was happening in his life and his thoughts. Very well done. My only criticism might be the desire to see more of his art included in the book to fully frame out the discussion and what I thought to be an overuse of some very heady words which required some research on my part. I would recommend to all art lovers, history buffs, and especially fans of Van Gogh.

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  • Benjamin Huey
  • 05-31-19

It's a wonderfully written account of van Gogh's


It's a wonderfully written account of van Gogh's miserable yet inspiring life. Naifeh and Smith (the authors) write with brilliant voice and the language is not just beautiful, it makes Vincent's life a work of art. They go into a lot of detail about his life, but in an exciting way. Yes, this book is quite thick, but it's worth it, because as an artist myself I believe that the authors couldn't have done better to capture the spirit and the genius and the beauty of the man Vincent Van Gogh. It actually teared me up at the end. I felt like I was so close the the artist and it felt like I was losing a friend when they wrote of his death. Okay, that sounds super cheesy, but it's true. Get this book! It doesn't matter if you don't know anything about art or if you're an artist yourself, read this.