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Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popularly admired and critically acclaimed artists of all time — exhibitions of his work draw record crowds and his paintings fetch astronomical prices. Of his hundreds of canvases, landscapes and paintings of gardens and flowers remain the most beloved. From the sweeping wheat fields and gnarled olive branches of Provence to extravagant bouquets and fantastic details of irises and sunflowers, van Gogh captured the breathtaking beauty, expansive color spectrum, and complexity of nature at its most compelling.

Using van Gogh's eloquent personal letters and dazzling paintings as his foundation, writer and master photographer Derek Fell brings van Gogh's theories and visions of the garden to life in this lavishly illustrated volume. Fell's own expert photography not only captures the countryside, farmland, cottage gardens, and village parks that van Gogh so passionately loved but also brings to life the horticultural world that the artist dreamed of creating. Complemented by a superb selection of his greatest paintings, Van Gogh's Gardens is a marvelous celebration of nature's brilliance and one man's genius.

Searching out fragments of van Gogh's world still in existence — the sunflower fields he tramped through, the courtyard garden of the hospital where he sought treatment — Fell shows us that the colors and textures of the Impressionists' Provence remain with us today. He also delves deeply into the letters van Gogh wrote and gives us a wonderful discussion of the artist's color theories: Mix geraniums and poppies to create a stunning combination of red, pink, and green, he advised his sister in Holland, or interplant sweet heliotrope and roses to generate a dramatic color harmony between orange and violet.

Fell extrapolates on van Gogh's vision of gardens and plants by going one step further — and the result is a revelation. Rigorously following the advice offered in van Gogh's letters and duplicating the garden motifs he depicted in his paintings, this exceptional gardener has brought the great artist's ideas to vibrant life on his Pennsylvania farm. Van Gogh died in abject poverty, too poor to plant a garden of his own — but Fell's plantings and photographs show us in dazzling glory how brilliant van Gogh's reflections on color and nature really were.

In addition to offering special sections on van Gogh's favorite structures, his bouquets, and the theme gardens he painted, Van Gogh's Gardens includes a fully illustrated, alphabetical listing of the painter's favorite plants — from arum to yucca. Both exquisitely beautiful and eminently useful, this marvelous book offers readers the opportunity to create van Gogh's artistic beauty in their own backyards. With a brilliant mix of paintings, photographs, and text, Van Gogh's Gardens allows us to see this master artist's paintings and theories as inspiration for the most beautiful gardens.

Synopsis:

An award-winning photographer and writer brings alive Van Gogh's brilliant and innovative ideas about gardens and nature by showing how he painting them and what his theories look like when recreated in real gardens today. 150 full-color photos throughout.

Synopsis:

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popularly admired and critically acclaimed artists of all time — exhibitions of his work draw record crowds and his paintings fetch astronomical prices. Of his hundreds of canvases, landscapes and paintings of gardens and flowers remain the most beloved. From the sweeping wheat fields and gnarled olive branches of Provence to extravagant bouquets and fantastic details of irises and sunflowers, van Gogh captured the breathtaking beauty, expansive color spectrum, and complexity of nature at its most compelling.

Using van Gogh's eloquent personal letters and dazzling paintings as his foundation, writer and master photographer Derek Fell brings van Gogh's theories and visions of the garden to life in this lavishly illustrated volume. Fell's own expert photography not only captures the countryside, farmland, cottage gardens, and village parks that van Gogh so passionately loved but also brings to life the horticultural world that the artist dreamed of creating. Complemented by a superb selection of his greatest paintings, Van Gogh's Gardens is a marvelous celebration of nature's brilliance and one man's genius.

Searching out fragments of van Gogh's world still in existence — the sunflower fields he tramped through, the courtyard garden of the hospital where he sought treatment — Fell shows us that the colors and textures of the Impressionists' Provence remain with us today. He also delves deeply into the letters van Gogh wrote and gives us a wonderful discussion of the artist's color theories: Mix geraniums and poppies to create a stunning combination of red, pink, and green, he advised his sister in Holland, or interplant sweet heliotrope and roses to generate a dramatic color harmony between orange and violet.

Fell extrapolates on van Gogh's vision of gardens and plants by going one step further — and the result is a revelation. Rigorously following the advice offered in van Gogh's letters and duplicating the garden motifs he depicted in his paintings, this exceptional gardener has brought the great artist's ideas to vibrant life on his Pennsylvania farm. Van Gogh died in abject poverty, too poor to plant a garden of his own — but Fell's plantings and photographs show us in dazzling glory how brilliant van Gogh's reflections on color and nature really were.

In addition to offering special sections on van Gogh's favorite structures, his bouquets, and the theme gardens he painted, Van Gogh's Gardens includes a fully illustrated, alphabetical listing of the painter's favorite plants — from arum to yucca. Both exquisitely beautiful and eminently useful, this marvelous book offers readers the opportunity to create van Gogh's artistic beauty in their own backyards. With a brilliant mix of paintings, photographs, and text, Van Gogh's Gardens allows us to see this master artist's paintings and theories as inspiration for the most beautiful gardens.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189) and index.

About the Author

Derek Fell, a photographer and writer, is the author of more than 50 books, with more than 2.5 million copies in print, including The Impressionist Garden, Renoir's Garden, Secrets of Monet's Garden, and Impressionist Bouquets. He is the winner of more awards from the Garden Writers Association of America than any other writer, and for six years he hosted the QVC garden show Step-by-Step Gardening. He was born and educated in England and now lives in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743202336
Other:
Fell, Derek
Author:
Gogh, Vincent Van
Author:
Ermelino, Louisa
Author:
Fell, Derek
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Design
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Gardens in art
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Gogh, Vincent van
Subject:
Gardening-Garden Structure
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-531
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10 x 10 in 38.22 oz

Related Subjects

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Home and Garden » Gardening » Art and Photography
Home and Garden » Gardening » Flower Growing
Home and Garden » Gardening » Fruits and Nuts
Home and Garden » Gardening » Garden Structure
Home and Garden » Gardening » History and Theory
Home and Garden » Gardening » Landscape and Design
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Product details 192 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743202336 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning photographer and writer brings alive Van Gogh's brilliant and innovative ideas about gardens and nature by showing how he painting them and what his theories look like when recreated in real gardens today. 150 full-color photos throughout.
"Synopsis" by , Vincent van Gogh is one of the most popularly admired and critically acclaimed artists of all time — exhibitions of his work draw record crowds and his paintings fetch astronomical prices. Of his hundreds of canvases, landscapes and paintings of gardens and flowers remain the most beloved. From the sweeping wheat fields and gnarled olive branches of Provence to extravagant bouquets and fantastic details of irises and sunflowers, van Gogh captured the breathtaking beauty, expansive color spectrum, and complexity of nature at its most compelling.

Using van Gogh's eloquent personal letters and dazzling paintings as his foundation, writer and master photographer Derek Fell brings van Gogh's theories and visions of the garden to life in this lavishly illustrated volume. Fell's own expert photography not only captures the countryside, farmland, cottage gardens, and village parks that van Gogh so passionately loved but also brings to life the horticultural world that the artist dreamed of creating. Complemented by a superb selection of his greatest paintings, Van Gogh's Gardens is a marvelous celebration of nature's brilliance and one man's genius.

Searching out fragments of van Gogh's world still in existence — the sunflower fields he tramped through, the courtyard garden of the hospital where he sought treatment — Fell shows us that the colors and textures of the Impressionists' Provence remain with us today. He also delves deeply into the letters van Gogh wrote and gives us a wonderful discussion of the artist's color theories: Mix geraniums and poppies to create a stunning combination of red, pink, and green, he advised his sister in Holland, or interplant sweet heliotrope and roses to generate a dramatic color harmony between orange and violet.

Fell extrapolates on van Gogh's vision of gardens and plants by going one step further — and the result is a revelation. Rigorously following the advice offered in van Gogh's letters and duplicating the garden motifs he depicted in his paintings, this exceptional gardener has brought the great artist's ideas to vibrant life on his Pennsylvania farm. Van Gogh died in abject poverty, too poor to plant a garden of his own — but Fell's plantings and photographs show us in dazzling glory how brilliant van Gogh's reflections on color and nature really were.

In addition to offering special sections on van Gogh's favorite structures, his bouquets, and the theme gardens he painted, Van Gogh's Gardens includes a fully illustrated, alphabetical listing of the painter's favorite plants — from arum to yucca. Both exquisitely beautiful and eminently useful, this marvelous book offers readers the opportunity to create van Gogh's artistic beauty in their own backyards. With a brilliant mix of paintings, photographs, and text, Van Gogh's Gardens allows us to see this master artist's paintings and theories as inspiration for the most beautiful gardens.

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