But this book taught me to appreciate Gauguin, and see his art in a different light. Van Gogh spent this time in awe of Gauguin, taking a backseat to the bombastic artist, who was more than willing to treat the virtually unknown Dutch painter as a student, always correcting him and encouraging him to improve or alter his style. After all, Gauguin was selling pieces right and left, while no one would buy Van Gogh's art. This book has also taught me to remain true to my vision, as Van Gogh did, even in the face of his apparent "failure" as an artist.
Reading it made me feel inspired to just follow what feels right creatively for myself and to think more boldly. Though there is some insight into Gauguin in this book, I found it to be more a character study on Van Gogh (and of course there is a lot of information about how his art developed and changed over time, and what influenced him in Arles, etc).
Not recommended as a first book on Van Gogh, but a worthy read for the more initiated.
I love doing background research for my novels, I guess thats the journalist in me. My second novel Connectedness is three-quarters written and the researching process was much briefer. It is a sequel to the first book, so still about adoption, but this time I decided to make my new main character an artist. The most dramatic art book I have read by far is The Yellow House by Martin Gayford. As part of my art research, I read his book about sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud.
It's really disapointing because those 9 weeks were really interesting, leading up to when Van Gogh cut off his ear, and the book includes letters, and black and white copies of what they were painting at the time, on almost every page.
Turgid novelization of the nine weeks Guaguin spent with Van Gogh in the yellow house in Arles in 1888. If the writing wasn't bad enough, the illustrations doom this book.
Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin lived together for a few months in Arles, where they each produced some of their most famous paintings. In terms of art, my favorites by far were the times when Gauguin and Vincent painted the same scene/person. Color is so important in both Vincent and Gauguin's paintings.
These two painters were polar opposites in many ways, but they shared a house for a short time to work on their art in a beautiful, tranquil area.
In parallel with his career as an art historian, he was art critic of The Spectator magazine and The Sunday Telegraph newspaper before becoming Chief Art Critic for the international television network, Bloomberg News.