Vincent van Gogh - The Letters

Vincent van Gogh - The Letters

The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition

(Six volumes slipcased with a CD-ROM of the letters in their original languages)
  1. Edited by Leo Jansen
  2. Hans Luijten
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  • ISBN 9780500238653
  • 30.00 x 25.00 cm
  • 6 hardback volumes and CD-ROM in a slipcase
  • 2164pp
  • With over 4300 illustrations
  • First published 2009
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Vincent van Gogh’s letters have long been prized as some of the most valuable documents in the world of art. Not only do they throw light on Van Gogh’s own complex and intriguing character, they enlighten the whole creative process.

‘The most important art publication of 2009, if not of the decade’ – Financial Times
'Publishing at its most creative and spectacular … Simply as a piece of book design, this takes the breath away; but to read the letters, and watch this passionate, clumsy, brilliant, earnest, suffering genius find his way towards the work he was going to be world-famous for, is to be – if you have a soul at all – wonderstruck.
If this were 10 times the price, it would still be worth it'
– Philip Pullman, The Guardian
'This could be the best autobiography of an artist yet to appear anywhere'– The Economist
'… probably the most important art publication of the century so far' – The Independent on Sunday

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This edition is an immense treasure trove of biographical and art-historical information. The culmination of fifteen years of new research and superseding all previous editions in its ambition and up-to-date scholarship, it provides a lasting pleasure as a personal testimony to a life consecrated to art.

See the film about the letters on Channel 4

Van Gogh Letter 1Van Gogh letter 2

• Over 4,300 illustrations
• New transcriptions of every known letter to or from Van Gogh
• The complete collection: this edition includes all the letters, both in the Van Gogh Museum and those in other museums, archives and private collections
• New translations render Van Gogh’s words more closely than ever before – unadorned, unimproved, faithful and accurate
• Van Gogh's sketches, made throughout the letters, are reproduced here at full size
• New material: previously unknown letters and fragments of letters are published in English here for the first time
• New scholarship: fifteen years of new research have added to scholars’ understanding of Van Gogh’s life and work. Extensive research has been carried out to identify every work of art mentioned, whether produced by Van Gogh or by other artists.
• Authoritative editing: many omissions and misreadings in previous editions have now been corrected. For the first time the letters are fully annotated.
• Supplementary texts add information about Van Gogh’s life, his family, his correspondents, his characteristics as a letter-writer and the context in which the letters were written. Also includes a comprehensive list of materials discussed in the letters, a chronology of his life and a full index
• Exemplary design: the typography and design is by Wim Crouwel, one of Holland’s most accomplished book designers of the last fifty years

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This is the most complete edition of Van Gogh'e letters ever produced, illustrated extensively throughout, and drawing on fifteen years of scholarship and dedicated research. For the first time, all the works to which Van Gogh refers are shown alongside the letters – not only the paintings and drawings that he himself was working on at the time, but also the works of art by others that he mentions.

In over 900 letters we see Van Gogh’s thoughts and opinions at first hand, as well as his close ties with his brother Theo, his sometimes troubled relationships with friends and fellow artists, his personal doubts and fears, and above all his overriding passion for his art.

audio_icon Listen to some examples of letters written to Van Gogh, and some in his own words.