Van Gogh : the life by Steven W. Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (2011)
Found on the Adult Non-fiction shelves at 920 GOG
Vincent Van Gogh never meant to be a tortured genius. He just wanted to cope with life and paint.
This is an exhaustive biography (900 pages). It may be too long to read from cover to cover, but is excellent for dipping into about specific parts of the painter’s life.
Of great interest is the ‘Appendix’ which puts the theory that Van Gogh did not shoot himself, as he claimed. Instead, he had been accidentally shot by two rich Parisian youths, and lied to protect them. From the evidence, this certainly appears to be the case.
Reviewed by Veronique in one of our review journals, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly : Reviewed by You.
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