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The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

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This chronicle of the two months in 1888 when Paul Gauguin shared a house in France with Vincent Van Gogh describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Includes 60 B&W reproductions of the artists' paintings and drawings from the period.

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"Van Gogh's reputation in the public imagination has been made as much by his descent into madness as by his art. Detailing the final year of his life and the 'Studio of the South' in which Gauguin and Van Gogh painted side by side, Gayford brings the art back into focus. Explications of the works illuminate the collaboration — similar subjects find very different treatment by two entirely different temperaments. Yet their influence on each other is everywhere — a story that Van Gogh recommends to Gauguin finds its way into a painting; Van Gogh uses the jute canvas that is Gauguin's material of choice. While some of this is well-trodden territory, Gayford's narrative is genuinely dramatic as it moves toward Van Gogh's fateful end. Gayford makes exciting new connections between the tone of Van Gogh's correspondence and known scholarship about his probable bipolar disorder. The influences of literature, the news media and so-called 'hygienic excursions' (visits to the local brothels) percolate in these letters and under the surfaces of the artists' canvases. So, argues Gayford, were they invading Van Gogh's mind. Though it is impossible to entirely understand what motivated these two great artists during their weeks together in Arles, these pages deliver as close and vivid an image as may be possible. 60 b&w illus." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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KELLY WILLIAMS, January 14, 2007 (view all comments by KELLY WILLIAMS)
Van Gogh has always been my favorite artist, and I've been fascinated by his relationship with Paul Gaugin. This book describes their nine-week collaboration in Arles in the late 1880s when Gaugin stayed with Van Gogh in "The Yellow House." The book is a fascinating look at how paintings from these two artists evolved during this period.

The author uses information obtained not just from Van Gogh's letters to his brother, Theo, but also correspondence from Gaugin to several individuals; this gives the reader "both sides of the story." It explains the reason (according to the author) that Van Gogh mutilated his earlobe then gave it to one of the prostitutes he knew.

Altogether I couldn't put it down, and would recommend it highly.

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ISBN:
9780316769013
Subtitle:
Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles
Author:
Gayford, Martin
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Gauguin, Paul
Subject:
Gogh, Vincent van
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Us
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
339
Dimensions:
8.48x5.88x1.07 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Van Gogh's reputation in the public imagination has been made as much by his descent into madness as by his art. Detailing the final year of his life and the 'Studio of the South' in which Gauguin and Van Gogh painted side by side, Gayford brings the art back into focus. Explications of the works illuminate the collaboration — similar subjects find very different treatment by two entirely different temperaments. Yet their influence on each other is everywhere — a story that Van Gogh recommends to Gauguin finds its way into a painting; Van Gogh uses the jute canvas that is Gauguin's material of choice. While some of this is well-trodden territory, Gayford's narrative is genuinely dramatic as it moves toward Van Gogh's fateful end. Gayford makes exciting new connections between the tone of Van Gogh's correspondence and known scholarship about his probable bipolar disorder. The influences of literature, the news media and so-called 'hygienic excursions' (visits to the local brothels) percolate in these letters and under the surfaces of the artists' canvases. So, argues Gayford, were they invading Van Gogh's mind. Though it is impossible to entirely understand what motivated these two great artists during their weeks together in Arles, these pages deliver as close and vivid an image as may be possible. 60 b&w illus." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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