Van Gogh and God: A Creative Spiritual Quest

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Loyola Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 219 pages
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Explore the depth of this brilliant and tortured artist's spirituality and find a new Van Gogh -- philosopher of life, unorthodox theologian, and determine seeker for global spirituality.
 

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This is an excellent must read for any lover of Van Gogh or creative. Edwards is insightful and offers an illuminated, out of the box, journey into the heart of Van Gogh. Edwards immersed himself into Van Gogh, goes beyond the madness, the paint and trite historical accounts presented by art historians and collectors of the masses. He breeches the canvas and touches on possible meaning behind Vincent's words. Edwards divulges wisdom and insight lost on those who see only the surface and unable to travel the depths of soul - the depths of inspiration that drove Vincent to create in the first place. This book is about Van Gogh's creative process and how he felt the world and consequently how that experience shifted his inner world. Though the artist was unable to navigate the lows of his own life and eventually was overwrought with a sadness inescapable only through death - it does not lessen his message of beauty or offer wisdom to those traveling now.
As an artist, I too have battled the inner darkness but unlike Vincent triumphed over the starving artist archetype - perhaps even BECAUSE of Vincent my success has emerged, inner and outter. Beauty does not hang out with itself, beauty does not exist for its own sake, rather it exists to illuminate and offer inspiration and joy to the darkest of landscapes.
Beauty seeks the places it is needed most, just as a star seeks a dark dark sky to shine - this is where it is at its best. Edwards brings this type of illumination to the reader through Van Gogh. To those who are insightful and contain the ability to draw deep the beauty and insights life truly offers, to those who can see what is not in front of them but THROUGH what is before them - this book will not disappoint but open you into a Creative spiritual Journey all your own and mama what a ride!
 

Contents

Religious Transformation
15
From Book to Books
39
The Vulnerability of God
63
The Oriental Connection
85
Symbolism
117
Notes
189
Works Cited
203
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About the author (1989)

Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor, and beloved pastor who wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen enjoyed an impressive academic career with positions at the Menninger Clinic, Notre Dame University, the University of Nijmegen, and Yale University. In later life he was called to serve in L'Arche Daybreak community, where people with developmental disabilities live with assistants. Henri Nouwen died in September 1996.

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