Portrait of an Artist: Vincent Van Gogh; Lucy Brownridge, illustrated by Edith Carron
Vincent Van Gogh, probably best-known as the man who cut off his ear and who painted some sunflowers. But there is more to know about this man than these two facts and this is a superb biography that covers the life of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most famous artists.
Born in the Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh was the opposite to his brother Theo’s charisma and confidence. Vincent was shy, lacking in self-belief and struggled to find happiness in his life. After reaching a crossroads and with no money or inspiration he visited his brother in Paris where he would have a life-changing experience. Being introduced to a group of artists known as the Impressionists added the colour and spark that was missing to Vincent’s life.
As he aged he would develop a dangerous obsession with painting and would paint maniacally. This would see Vincent go to a very dark place where he argued with his friend and resulted in self-harm, before eventually seeking help at a hospital. Vincent would never fully recover from these troubling times and whilst he did begin to feel slightly better he would eventually decide that he had had enough of being ill and left this world behind.
Van Gogh lead a very troubled and difficult life. He struggled to make money, his life had no real direction and he was battling his own demons. His story is that of brotherly love, of finding the right path, of a spark that can change a life, and of an artist whose paintings are now some of the most collectable and valuable in the world.
The artwork throughout the book is stunning and more than fitting for a book about such a wonderful artist. As an added bonus, ten of his masterpieces are featured with accompanying text at the back of the book.
A great introduction to the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh. The book is beautifully presented and the story is told in simple sentences making it ideal for younger readers.
Recommend for 6+.
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