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The genius and the angst of an Expressionist master
This comprehensive study of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) pairs a detailed monograph on his life and art with a complete catalogue of his 871 paintings.
Vincent van Gogh’s story is one of the most ironic in art history. Today, he is celebrated the world over as one of the most important painters of all time, recognized with sell-out shows, feted museums, and record prices of tens of millions of dollars at auction.
Yet as he was painting the canvases that would subsequently become these modern masterpieces, van Gogh was battling not only the disinterest of his contemporary audiences but also devastating bouts of mental illness, with episodes of depression and paralyzing anxiety which would eventually claim his life in 1890, when he committed suicide shortly after his 37th birthday.
This scholarly reference edition tells the story of van Gogh's life alongside beautiful, full-color reproductions of each painting in chronological order. The authors consider van Gogh's composition, painting technique, use of color, and choice of subjects, all developed over the course of the artist's career. Also included are a detailed chronology, an index to all 871 paintings, and an extended bibliography for further reading.
Part of the Taschen Bibliotheca Universalis series—essential editions on art history and contemporary movements. Bound in durable hardcover, with more than 700 pages and weighing in at over 2 lb., each Bibliotheca Universalis book is a portable monument to art.