The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

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Penguin Books Limited, Mar 29, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

Two artistic giants. One small house.

From October to December 1888 a pair of largely unknown artists lived under one roof in the French provincial town of Arles. Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh ate, drank, talked, argued, slept and painted in one of the most intense and astonishing creative outpourings in history. Yet as the weeks passed Van Gogh buckled under the strain, fought with his companion and committed an act of violence on himself that prompted Gauguin to flee without saying goodbye to his friend.

The Yellow House is an intimate portrait of their time together as well as a subtle exploration of a fragile friendship, art, madness, genius and the shocking act of self-mutilation that the world has sought to explain ever since.

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Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived together for a few months in Arles, where they each produced some of their most famous paintings. But all was not peace and artistic harmony, and a lot of the ... Read full review

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This book was really interesting. I never knew van Gogh and Gauguin lived together. I thought the way the author described their different styles of painting and their temperament would help students ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Martin Gayford has been Art Critic of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph. He is currently Chief European Art Critic for Bloomberg. Among his publications are The Penguin Book of Art Writing, of which he was co-editor, and contributions to many catalogues for exhibitions at Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Courtauld Galleries, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. Martin Gayford lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

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