Beyond the sunflowers, irises, and the portrait of Doctor Gachet, there is a man, Van Gogh, signified by his fragility and his talent. From his birth in 1853 to his death in 1890, the Post-Impressionist Van Gogh shaped 19th-century concepts of painting with his creativity and technique over the course of several years. He became a forerunner of the Expressionists, the Fauves, and modern art. Today, however, Van Gogh remains the symbol of the painter tortured by illness, by other people and, especially, by himself.
In this work, the author follows Van Gogh’s correspondence, as well as his paintings, which express a new approach to colour. The legend often rubs shoulders with the banal and the great artistic genius is confronted with the petty realities of existence.
Despite his anxiety and fear, Van Gogh senses the importance of his work and asserts the right to be different. The future justified his position.
Victoria Charles received her PhD in art history. She has published extensively on art history and has contributed to Art Information, an international guide to contemporary art. She is a regular contributor to journals and magazines. She recently contributed to a collective work, 1000 Paintings of Genius.
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