Van Gogh's Women: Vincent's Love Affairs and Journey Into Madness

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, Aug 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
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A widowed first cousin, Kee; a prostitute named Sien; shy, spinsterish Margot Bergemann; the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Stien de Groot—to all of them Vincent van Gogh would declare his love. In none of them would he find the wife to seal the emotional bond that he so perfectly imagined and ardently desired. He described it, too, in his correspondence, not only in the remarkable, justly famous letters exchanged with his brother Theo, but also in heartfelt missives to his aggrieved mother, his loyal sister Wil, and his devoted sister-in-law Johanna. Focusing especially on van Gogh’s letters to these three steadfast women he called his sisters, award-winning author Derek Fell examines Vincent’s interior life and poignantly documents his emotional decline. Indeed, the blows that Vincent’s psyche suffered—like his rejection by Kee and a dramatic showdown with her father in which the devastated Vincent held his hand in a lantern’s flame—continually undermined his self-worth. In a sensitive reading and astute interpretation of van Gogh’s own written words, Fell illuminates the passions that at once commanded Vincent’s genius and tormented his heart. Many illustrations are included in this revealing life of the artist, as seen through the lens of his loves and losses.

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Review: Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs And Journey Into Madness

User Review  - Rena Sherwood - Goodreads

This review originally appeared on my blog Why Van Gogh Matters http://There are a lot of Vincent Van Gogh biographies out there. Derek Fell's 2004 effort Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and ... Read full review

Review: Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs And Journey Into Madness

User Review  - Marsmannix - Goodreads

The backstory of several influential women in VG's life. A little shallow, too many letters, not enough analysis Read full review

About the author (2005)

Derek Fell is an art historian, garden photographer, and author with almost one million copies of his books in print, including SECRETS OF MONET'S GARDEN, CEZANNE'S GARDEN, and the award-winning VAN GOGH'S GARDEN. He lives on a historic farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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