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Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum (WHITE…
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Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum (WHITE LION PUBL) (edição 2018)

por Martin Bailey (Autor)

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Starry Night is a fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy. Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces - cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets. He wrote very little about the asylum in letters to his brother Theo, so this book sets out to give an impression of daily life behind the walls of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and looks at Van Gogh through fresh eyes, with newly discovered material.  … (mais)
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Título:Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum (WHITE LION PUBL)
Autores:Martin Bailey (Autor)
Informação:White Lion Publishing (2018), 224 pages
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Beautifully put together and exceedingly well researched, the book is a total delight for all who love the art of Vincent van Gogh and are interested to know more about the man behind the canvas, who, for a substantial part of his life lived in agony, mostly with himself.

Starry Night offers a closer look at the time the painter spent in Saint-Paul de Mausole, a small asylum in France on the outskirts of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

In fact, the place is just 25 km/16 miles away from Arles, where van Gogh had previously shared the famous Yellow House together with Gauguin. There exists a book by Martin Gayford which tells of nine turbulent weeks, as that's basically how long it lasted, until after a final fallout Gauguin moved out, with the result of van Gogh suffering a severe breakdown and cutting off his left ear.

Short after his release from hospital he admits himself to the small asylum at the foot of Les Alpilles (the little Alps), where he spent a bit over a year. A time of intense and painful creativity and where he created in June 1889 one of his most famous paintings "Starry Night". A time, where he also tried to poison himself by swallowing the colours he used for those paintings.

Author Martin Bailey, an expert on van Gogh's life, takes the reader on a fascinating journey, which is gripping and touching at the same time and we follow Vincent through the "Harrowing Period".

The chapter "The Wheatfield" is for a fan simply a must, as we see a group of paintings on which the artist worked in 1889 during his time in the asylum and which capture a view he had from the studio room, an extra room, that was allocated to him in the institution to enable him to continue to paint. We see the same scene in the changing seasons and without doubt also reflecting good and bad days of the painter himself.

But what exactly happenend leading up to van Gogh's moment of madness and self harm? And was it really his free will to go to the asylum?
How did he feel upon his arrival, when he saw the place for the first time? A place about which he wrote himself "One continually hears shouts and terrible howls as of animals in a menagerie."
What was his treatment like, the other patients, his daily routine? Why did his brother Theo never visit him?

Endless questions and carefully the author unravels mystery after mystery.
The fluent writing has you hooked from the start.
The illustrations and photos, together with never before published material are often jawdropping.
There's even a map to offer the visitor of the place and its surrounds an idea for a most enjoyable walk along Vincent's path at this very painful time in his life.

To say, I love the book, doesn't cover it. Starry Night is simply one of my highlights of the year, every page is a delight. ( )
1 vote MasterReadersBooks2 | Oct 15, 2018 |
Informative and illustrative, great for any fan of Van Gogh's or art in general. Bailey delves into Van Gogh's time at the asylum and takes a biographical look at the paintings he created while there. While more writing than a typical coffee table book, this is still one I would put on my coffee table as the pictures and descriptions draw you in. I highly recommend. ( )
  Kristymk18 | Sep 15, 2018 |
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Starry Night is a fully illustrated account of Van Gogh's time at the asylum in Saint-Remy. Despite the challenges of ill health and asylum life, Van Gogh continued to produce a series of masterpieces - cypresses, wheatfields, olive groves and sunsets. He wrote very little about the asylum in letters to his brother Theo, so this book sets out to give an impression of daily life behind the walls of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and looks at Van Gogh through fresh eyes, with newly discovered material.  

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