Vincent van Gogh explores the life and work of the troubled artistic genius, brought close to the brink of madness, who left one of the most startling artistic legacies of the late nineteenth century when, in 1890, he took his own life.
It follows the path that led him from his early attempts to forge a career, via his initial foray into the world of art during which he produced his famous earthy portrayals of Dutch peasants, such as The Potato Eaters, to the inspiration of colour and new styles that he discovered in Paris, to the sunlight of Provence with its fierce blues and yellows, and his final days in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise.
Gloriously illustrated with such classics as his favourite Sunflowers, Starry Night and his self-portraits, it also contains rare documents such as van Gogh's letters to his brother and sister, the medical analysis of his illness and the announcement card of the artist's death in 1890.
Dr. Cornelia Homburg is an art historian, curator and specialist on Van Gogh. She studied art history around the world, in Germany, the USA, and the Netherlands, receiving her MA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Homburg was previously Curator of the Washington University Gallery of Art in St. Louis, USA, and curator of nineteenth and twentieth century painting and sculpture at the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is now based in France.