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The letters of Vincent van Gogh : a critical study, Patrick Grant

Label
The letters of Vincent van Gogh : a critical study
Title
The letters of Vincent van Gogh
Title remainder
a critical study
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Grant
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When he died at the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over two thousand artworks, for which he is now justly famous. But van Gogh was also a prodigious writer of letters?more than eight hundred of them, addressed to his parents, to friends such as Paul Gauguin, and, above all, to his brother Theo. His letters have long been admired for their exceptional literary quality, and art historians have sometimes drawn on the letters in their analysis of the paintings. And yet, to date, no one has undertaken a critical assessment of this remarkable body of writing?not as a footnote to the paintings but as a highly sophisticated literary achievement in its own right. Patrick Grant?s long-awaited study provides such an assessment and, as such, redresses a significant omission in the field of van Gogh studies. As Grant demonstrates, quite apart from furnishing a highly revealing self-portrait of their author, the letters are compelling for their imaginative and expressive power, as well as for the perceptive commentary they offer on universal human themes. Through a subtle exploration of van Gogh?s contrastive style of thinking and his fascination with the notion of imperfection, Grant illuminates gradual shifts in van Gogh?s ideas on religion, ethics, and the meaning of art. He also analyzes the metaphorical significance of a number of key images in the letters, which prove to yield unexpected psychological and conceptual connections, and probes the relationships that surface when the letters are viewed as a cohesive literary product. The result is a wealth of new insights into van Gogh?s inner landscape
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Grant, Patrick
Dewey number
759.9492
Index
index present
LC call number
ND653.G7G83 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cultural dialectics,
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gogh, Vincent van
  • Gogh, Vincent van
  • ART
  • Letters
Label
The letters of Vincent van Gogh : a critical study, Patrick Grant
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Letters as Literature -- Part I Vincent Agonistes: Religion, Morality, Art. Religious Convictions, Moral Imperatives -- The Artistic Life and Its Limits
  • Part II Thinking in Images. Birds' Nests: Art and Nature, Exile and Return -- The Mistral: Creativity and Adversity -- Cab Horses: Despair and Optimism
  • Part III Exploring with Ideas. By Heart: The Creative Unconscious -- A Handshake Till Your Fingers Hurt: Autonomy and Dependency -- Something New Without a Name: Beyond Religion, Morality, Art -- Conclusion: "My Own Portrait in Writing."
Control code
870916835
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781927356746
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
661f4efb-1ffe-43aa-9774-48ff64e97722
Publisher number
466288
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)870916835
Label
The letters of Vincent van Gogh : a critical study, Patrick Grant
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Letters as Literature -- Part I Vincent Agonistes: Religion, Morality, Art. Religious Convictions, Moral Imperatives -- The Artistic Life and Its Limits
  • Part II Thinking in Images. Birds' Nests: Art and Nature, Exile and Return -- The Mistral: Creativity and Adversity -- Cab Horses: Despair and Optimism
  • Part III Exploring with Ideas. By Heart: The Creative Unconscious -- A Handshake Till Your Fingers Hurt: Autonomy and Dependency -- Something New Without a Name: Beyond Religion, Morality, Art -- Conclusion: "My Own Portrait in Writing."
Control code
870916835
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781927356746
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
661f4efb-1ffe-43aa-9774-48ff64e97722
Publisher number
466288
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)870916835

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