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Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness (Secrets of Van Gogh)

* This book has been very well received **

  • Refreshing viewpoint in a swift and well-written book‘ – Anthony Metivier
  • I would highly recommend this book to anyone who admires Van Gogh‘ – Shanda Bisanz
  • Wonderful work!‘ – Stoyan Georgiev

Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle is part 2 of the series Secrets of Van Gogh. Using Van Gogh’s own letters as a primary source, the author discusses the artist’s life, his approach to his work and his mental illness. The letters vividly show his life was no bed of roses.

Whereas Van Gogh knew what was saleable, he continued to produce what he considered as honest, ‘truthful’ art, regardless of current taste. He did not expect the art-buying public to understand the rough appearance of his work. Van Gogh acknowledged that being an artist involved struggle, but believed one would benefit from adversity, personally as well as professionally. “No victory without a battle, no battle without suffering.”

In Van Gogh’s case it seems to have been a never ending battle against poverty, isolation and adversity. Given his circumstances – being financially dependent upon his brother Theo, not selling any work, and getting minimal recognition – his achievements are utterly amazing.

This is not a book about Van Gogh’s art, but about his life as an artist and human being. By reading it, you will appreciate and understand his work even better.