Important . . . inspires us to look at Van Gogh and his art afresh. Dr. Chris Stolwijk, general director, RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History
Vincent van Gogh s paintings look utterly unique his vivid palette and boldly interpretive portraits are unmistakably his. Yet however revolutionary his style may have been, it was actually built on a strong foundation of paintings by other artists, both his contemporaries and those who came before him.
Now, drawing on Van Gogh s own thoughtful and often profound comments about the painters he venerated, Steven Naifeh gives a gripping account of the artist s deep engagement with their work. We see Van Gogh s gradual discovery of the subjects he would make famous, from wheat fields to sunflowers. We watch him experimenting with the loose brushwork and bright colors used by Édouard Manet, studying the Pointillist dots used by Georges Seurat, and emulating the powerful depictions of the peasant farmers painted by Jean-François Millet, all vividly illustrated in nearly three hundred full-color images of works by Van Gogh and a variety of other major artists, including Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, positioned side by side.
Thanks to the vast correspondence from Van Gogh to his beloved brother, Theo, Naifeh, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is able to reconstruct Van Gogh s artistic world from within. Observed in eloquent prose that is as compelling as it is authoritative, Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved enables us to share the artist s journey as he created his own daring, influential, and widely beloved body of work.
A celebration of one of the world s greatest artists and the works that inspired him. . . . Handsome . . . with learned explanations, dozens of beautiful reproductions, and an especially moving essay about the author and his husband of 40 years, scholar Gregory White Smith, who died in 2014, and their love of art. An accessible, heartfelt introduction to Van Gogh s work and life. Kirkus Reviews
Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved is a profusely illustrated musée imaginaire, representing Vincent s ideal museum. It is a volume which the artist would have loved to have had by his bedside table. Naifeh, along with his companion the late Gregory White Smith, was the co-author of the 2011 best-selling biography Van Gogh: The Life so he draws upon great accumulated knowledge. The Art Newspaper
Continuing Steven Naifeh s work that began with the landmark biography Van Gogh: The Life, his important new book, Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved, illuminates Van Gogh s remarkable journey to becoming an artist. Richly illustrated, it inspires us to look at him and his art afresh by revealing his deep admiration and affection for the artists who inspired him. Dr. Chris Stolwijk, general director, RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History, and co-author of Vincent s Choice and Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
Vincent van Gogh that great modern original revered the earlier masters. In this illuminating book, Steven Naifeh juxtaposes individual Van Gogh paintings with works by more traditional artists whose subjects or styles inspired him. Again and again we see beautifully stated what makes the modern modern. But we also come to see, paradoxically, a less isolated Van Gogh. He s knit into the community of a great tradition. Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, Pulitzer Prize winning authors of de Kooning: An American Master and Francis Bacon: Revelations