Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness (Secrets of Van Gogh)

| June 18, 2014

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Van Gogh's Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness (Secrets of Van Gogh)

If you love Van Gogh you will admire him even more after reading Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle

Everyone is familiar with works such as The Sunflowers and Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. The intense, vibrant colours and undulating brushstrokes are instantly recognizable trademarks of the artist. If you have visited an exhibition or done a bit of reading, you may also be familiar with the story of his life, which was filled with hardship and sorrow, his love for Japan, and his shocking death. Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle is part 2 of the series Secrets of Van Gogh. Using Van Gogh’s own letters as a primary source, the author discusses the artist’s life, his approach to his work and his mental illness. The letters vividly show his life was no bed of roses.

Whereas Van Gogh knew what was sellable, he continued to produce what he considered as honest, ‘truthful’ art, regardless of current taste. He did not expect the art-buying public to understand the rough appearance of his work. Van Gogh acknowledged that being an artist involved struggle, but believed one would benefit from adversity, personally as well as professionally. “No victory without a battle, no battle without suffering.”

Being an artist involves sacrifices, but in Van Gogh’s case it seems to have involved a never ending battle against poverty, isolation and adversity. Given his circumstances – being financially dependent upon his brother, not selling, and getting minimal recognition – his achievements are utterly amazing.

This is not a book about Van Gogh’s art, but about his life as an artist and human being. By reading it, you should be able to better appreciate and understand his work.

Refreshing viewpoint in a swift and well-written book – Dr Anthony Metivier

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who admires Van Gogh – Shanda Bisanz

Very sensitive tribute to a sensitive artist. Well done. I will read the other parts . He was my favorite artist – Jan Alyson

Author does a nice job of explaining historical facts about this amazing painter. She is not pretentious as are so many who work in the fine arts world. Would recommend – Patti Abbott

‘Wonderful work! – Stoyan Georgiev

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