My Friend Van Gogh

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My Friend Van Gogh

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Author: Emile Bernard


ISBN: 9781644231197

Date: 7th March, 2024


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An intimate testament to the power of friendship between two creative forces-available again in English after more than a century. "I exaggerate, I sometimes make changes to the subject, but I still don't invent the whole of painting; on the contrary, I find it ready-made, but to be untangled, in the real world." - Vincent van Gogh The painter and poet Émile Bernard's firsthand account of the beloved Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's life offers a close perspective into the difficulties the artist faced. First published in French in 1911, and presented here in English for the first time, Bernard details van Gogh's approach to painting, his tools, his style, his love of the medium. Moreover, he chronicles his attempts to have van Gogh's work recognized after his death, a sign of a true friend. Shedding light on the artistic community they were part of, Bernard also discusses notable figures such as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Émile Zola, in his storied account of his friend's life and work. Letters written by van Gogh to a young Bernard, some of which are included in this volume, further the import of the friendship between the two men. Van Gogh's words of advice to Bernard as well as ruminations on his own practice, inspirations, and creative struggles are revealed in these pages. Brought together and introduced by preeminent van Gogh scholar Martin Bailey, these texts present a sensitive and discerning portrait of van Gogh that goes beyond his reputation as a troubled genius.

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