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Van Gogh : the Life di Steven W. Naifeh
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Van Gogh : the Life (originale 2011; edizione 2011)

di Steven W. Naifeh, Gregory White Smith

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Draws on newly available primary sources to present an in-depth, accessible profile that offers revisionist assessments of the influential artist's turbulent life and genius works.
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Titolo:Van Gogh : the Life
Autori:Steven W. Naifeh
Altri autori:Gregory White Smith
Info:New York : Random House, 2011, ℗♭2011.
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This is a comprehensive and quite lengthy biography of Van Gogh that is imminently readable. I feel like I got a great view into his life and work, including a good section at the end on the mystery of his death. Now I need to take a trip to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Way too detailed. A really good editor would have halved the biography. ( )
  Tower_Bob | Jun 26, 2020 |
A very comprehensive biography of an intense and passionate man that provides a deep insight into his mind and creative process. A thoroughly researched portrait of Vincent's tragic life. Vincent initially comes off as an arrogant and self-destructive man. But he was as much a victim of the society that rejected him for being different. Vincent would start his career as an art dealer. But he was neither smooth talking nor good with people, which would mean an end to his career as an art dealer. Faced with his failure and rejection from his family, he would try to find solace in religion. But his later foray into a career as a missionary would also end in a similar failure. The intensity and passion that he brought to his attempted career as a missionary or a preacher, and his constant search for meaning would alienate most of his peers.

Faced with his failure in all his career endeavors, and having been rejected and shunned by family and friends and women, his life would soon spiral downward into intense melancholy and guilt that would mark his painting career. Throughout his artistic career, he would search for solace and meaning, often keeping emotional crisis and complete breakdown at bay by his furious dedication to his work and delusions of future success. It is remarkable the amount of intensity with which he worked despite being rejected and ridiculed at every step. His art was his solace and his mode of expression. He puoured his emotional and spiritual feelings into his work. He may not have been a good draftsman but his passion and intensity speaks through his colours.

The authors here also make a good case that the gunshot wound that killed Vincent might infact have been an accident, a result of an altercation rather than suicide.

A remarkable and heartbreaking biography. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
"Van Gogh - The Life" by Steven Naifeh and Gergory White Smith has to be one of the most detailed, voluminous and exhausting biographies on the market. I say exhausting because of the repetitive, pages-long analyses of not just van Gogh's paintings, but also his health (mental and physical), his relationships (with family, friends, other artists, strangers) his appearance, his philosophy - or should I say philosophies, since he changed so often in his short, 10 year artistic career - of art and painting. I found myself cursorily skimming over such analytical interludes after the third or fouth round of the same subject or topic in an effort to plow my way to the end of the 879 page tome. And van Gogh lived only to the age of 37!

Yet van Gogh is a mesmerizing figure in art history. And if you want to know in minute detail, with many words spilled on the way, what his life and times were like and how it all fit into the confusing genre history of art in the latter part of the 19th century, this is the book to have in your library.

The black and white illustrations throughout and the color plates of some of van Gogh's work that are provided are very instructive and help develop an understanding of the artistic phases he went through. The genelogical table and maps at the beginning of the book were also very helpful.

Yesterday (March 30, 2016) was van Gogh's 163rd birthday. In a news item remarking on the significance of this day, it was stated that he committed suicide in Arles in southern France. Had the writer of that item consulted our authors' magnum opus, he/she would have learned that his death occurred in Auver, France, twenty miles outside of Paris, and that the question of suicide is still open in the minds of many people. That it was a tragic death, there can be no dispute. He was on the cusp of noteriety, even fame, and the possibility of finally supporting himself. But it is made ever so more tragic by the death of Vincent's younger brother, Theo, just six months later. Theo had supported Vincent financially for most of his adult life (their extensive correspondance is the basis for much of the detail in the book) and at his own death, Theo's insanity was even more pronounced.

"Van Gogh - The LIfe" is not for the reader who is faint of heart. But it is a comprehensive look at a strange and remarkable individual who suffered much but left an undying legacy. ( )
  BlaueBlume | Mar 31, 2016 |
a very informative biography of this artist. vincent was a failure at everything he attempted in his life. it appears that he had a form of epilepsy that affected his brain from normal functioning of course he also had syphilis. the interesting thing was at his first his greatest point of madness, cutting off his ear while living with Gauguin was the time his art became known to the art world. When Gauguin returned to Paris he of course told the story of that night. Gauguin was the raising star of the art world. a young art critic, Albert Aurier, heard the story and he became interested in Van Gogh. He then became his champion. Sad for van gogh it was too late. the book studies not only the creative process of the art world but also the money of that world ( )
  michaelbartley | Sep 29, 2013 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Steven Naifehautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Smith, Gregory Whiteautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Molegraaf, MarioTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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To our mothers,
Marion Naifeh and Kathryn White Smith,
who first showed us the joy of art,
and to all the artists of THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL,
who have since brought so much joy into our lives,
this book is gratefully dedicated.

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