Art for Young People: Vincent Van Gogh

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The Art for Young People Series is a wonderful way for children to get to know the people behind the paintings. Through colorful narrative, pictures, maps, photos, and more, kids will discover that art is an exciting and interesting way to explore the world.

Bold strokes and colors swirling off the page distinguish the style of Vincent Van Gogh. He was a passionate and tormented man, a fact that is reflected in his paintings. Follow the painter through the roller coaster of his life, and watch his paintings change with his state of mind. Meet Van Gogh's beloved brother, Theo, and his good friends and fellow artists Paul Gaugin, Emile Bernard, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Visit Arles in the south of France, where Van Gogh lived and worked. It was there that he grew lonely and depressed, eventually becoming mentally ill. As his mind began to weaken, his paintings became more distorted. In a way, they are a window onto what Van Gogh was seeing in his mind's eye. While he was living, he never sold a single painting. Today Van Gogh is known as one of the greatest artists of all time. Enjoy his story through entertaining narrative, colorful pictures and photos, illustrations, maps, and more.

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This entry in the Art for Young People biography series focuses on the artist's life and immediate surroundings rather than on analyzing his work. Harrison chronicles van Gogh's life from birth, through his intensely religious phase and his discovery of the work that was to be his lifelong pursuit. Throughout his life, van Gogh maintained a close relationship with his brother, Theo, despite the former's increasingly difficult behavior. Briefly mentioned are van Gogh's ear mutilation and his eventual suicide. Though not of high quality, many small reproductions of van Gogh's work are scattered throughout the text; they include some of his lesser-known works, which provide fresh insight into his story. Muhlberger's What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh? (1993) and Loumaye's Van Gogh: A Touch of Yellow (1993) have superior reproductions and fuller details about both van Gogh and his paintings, but are for a slightly older audience. (maps, full-color reproductions, photos, illustrations, chronology, glossary, index) (Biography. 8-13) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-6?These series entries look at the lives and work of two very different men. Both accounts are brief and straightforward. The artists' biographies are examined in the context of the time in which they lived, and their work is compared to that of their contemporaries. Full-color illustrations and reproductions of paintings are clear and well chosen. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions of sketches are included as well. Captions point out the things that make each work special?line, color, brushstrokes. Short glossaries define terms, but no bibliographies are provided. Useful additions, though not as complete as the "Eyewitness Art" books.?Susan Chmurynsky, East Kentwood Freshman Campus, MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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