Press Release: Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Selected and edited by Mark Roskill
Introduced by Martin Gayford
Illustrated with letter sketches, drawings and paintings by Vincent Van Gogh

‘There is scarcely one letter by Van Gogh which I do not find fascinating’w. h. auden

Vincent van Gogh produced over 900 paintings in his short career. But behind the easel was a man struggling with mental health, religious conviction and affairs of the heart. As prolific with the pen as the paintbrush, Van Gogh bequeathed a literary legacy alongside his oil paintings in the form of one of the most extraordinary series of letters, those to his beloved brother and confidante Theo.

Theo was the person closest to Vincent in a social environment which found him opinionated and unstable. He was deeply affected by the suicide of his brother and just six months later he too died. Their partnership is explicit throughout the letters and there is no doubt that without Theo, Vincent would not have survived as an artist.

This correspondence, selected by art historian Mark Roskill, opens in 1872 when twenty-year-old fledgling (and frustrated) art dealer Van Gogh writes from The Hague, and ends with the letter found in his pocket after his death in 1890 (‘Well, my own work, I am risking my life for it and my reason has half-foundered owing to it’). In the intervening years, writing from London, Paris, Holland and Arles, Van Gogh offers up a compelling record of what passes before his mind and eye with great insight and originality. The letters put the human face on one of the most haunting figures in modern Western culture.

An insightful introduction by art critic Martin Gayford explores the significance of Van Gogh’s correspondence in our understanding of the artist. This new edition from The Folio Society is illustrated with over 40 colour images, including letter sketches, drawings and paintings. The slipcase features a letter excerpt in the artist’s cursive script.


Product information

Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed Modigliani paper sides. Set in Van Dijck. 352 pages. Full colour frontispiece and 45 integrated illustrations. Printed slipcase. 9” x 6¼”

UK £49.95 US $73.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95


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