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Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

by Jan Greenberg

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Vincent Van Gogh was a very brilliant artist whom spent most of his life painting so that one day his art would be famous. His art technique was new to the nineteenth century and not accepted by some people. Vincent Van Gogh had many trials in life concerning his art, which led him to study art and paint continuously to the point of destroying his body. He actually cut off him ear after drinking too much and having an argument with a friend. This book has a reading level of 6.3 and would be good for students ten years and older. The book has numerous photos of the fantastic pictures Van Gogh painted. There are also numerous pages in the back of the book of notes written in a timeline form that show information that was received from letters actually written by Van Gogh himself, his siblings, and friends. I would suggest this book to fifth and sixth graders. ( )
  KarenNunez | Jul 16, 2013 |
The book traces the unique life and artworks of the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh from his birth in 1853 to his death by suicide in 1890. The biography discusses many aspects of his life such as his various comrades, living arrangements, etc., and it traces his decent into madness later in life.

This book is a relatively easy read for a biography, and it is definitely a good fit for younger audiences. The writing is not stagnant or too technical/jargon-filled, as books of this type can often be, and the prose is engaging. It seems like it is a piece of fiction, most of the time. It offers numerous pictures, and it is very accurate. I thought the book painted a thorough picture of this misunderstood artist, and it never condemned him for his shortcomings, as so many books I read before do. ( )
  TShirey | Apr 21, 2010 |
Winner of the Robert Sibert Honor book award, this short biography does an excellent job exploring the life of this fascinating artist. ( )
  eduscapes | Nov 26, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440419174, Paperback)

Vincent van Gogh–one of the 19th century’s most brilliant artists–will forever be remembered as the Dutchman who cut off his ear. But this incident only underscores the passion that consumed him–a passion that, when he took up painting at age 27, infused his work. Whether painting a portrait, a landscape, or a still life, Van Gogh sought to capture the vibrant spirit of his subject. It didn’t matter that others found his work too unconventional. Van Gogh persevered. And as he moved from the cold climate of Holland to balmy southern France, he pioneered a new technique and style.
In a career spanning only a decade, Van Gogh painted many great works, yet fame eluded him. This lack of recognition increased his self-doubts and bitter disappointments. Today, however, Van Gogh stands as a giant among artists.

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Traces the life of 19-century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, with excerpts from correspondence with his brother Theo and full-color reproductions from his work.

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