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11/3/11: Van Gogh: The Life

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Self-portrait, Spring 1887. Lacking money to pay model fees, Van Gogh did many still lifes and self-portraits when staying in Paris. To save more money, he used cardboard instead of canvas more than once.

Van Gogh - The Life

Salt Lake City – For 10 years, writers Gregory White Smith, Steven Naifeh and a team of researchers delved deeply into the life of Vincent van Gogh. They read the books he read in his day, dissected his numerous letters and scoured every text and record they could find on him. Their new biography of the fabled artist lays bare van Gogh's deeply troubled, fanatic and passionate soul, and it offers a revisionist history of his death. Gregory White Smith joins Doug on Thursday to talk about Van Gogh: The Life.

One of Vincent van Gogh's letters
One of Vincent van Gogh's letters. (WebExhibits)
The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam
The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam, (1885). From van Gogh's early portfolio, exhibiting his preoccupation with finding "the blackest black," as Gregory White Smith says. (Van Gogh Museum)
Peasant and Peasant Woman Planting Potatoes
Peasant and Peasant Woman Planting Potatoes, April, 1885. (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige)
Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige), Paris: September - October, 1887 (Van Gogh Museum)
Interior of a Restaurant
Interior of a Restaurant, Paris: June - July, 1887 (Kroller-Muller Museum*). An example of van Gogh's experiments with pointillism.
Green Wheat Field with Cypress
Green Wheat Field with Cypress, Saint-Remy*, France: June - mid month, 1889 (Nardoni Gallery)
Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass
Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass, Arles, France: March - early in month, 1888. (Van Gogh Museum)
Starry Night, Saint-Remy*, France: June, 1889. (Museum of Modern Art)

*Unfortunately, our Web site is unable to accommodate special characters. We apologize for the incorrect spellings.

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