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Richard Kendall, with contributions by John Leighton and Sjraar van Heugten
The brilliant colors, explosive brushwork, and emotional intensity of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings make them some of the best-known images in art. Yet during his short lifetime (1853–1890), Van Gogh was never fully appreciated. This catalog presents 70 paintings from the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, home to the greatest assemblage of the artist’s paintings, drawings, and letters. The collection is based on works acquired from the artist by his brother Theo, an art dealer and the source of Vincent’s financial and emotional support. All periods of Van Gogh’s career are represented through reproductions of many of his greatest and most iconic paintings, along with less well-known treasures. The catalog includes an essay on the artist’s major themes and the different phases of his career, a history of the museum, and a short biography of the artist.