The information provided in our exclusive tours are a compilation of two books:
The life; a biografie written by Naifeh and Smith
Vincent: 400 days in Amsterdam written by N. Denekamp
The life: Vincent van Gogh
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials to bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist: his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; and his move to Provence, where he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art. The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; his bouts of depression and mental illness; and the cloudy circumstances surrounding his death at the age of thirty-seven.
Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius.
Vincent: 400 days in Amsterdam
In his younger years Vincent van Gogh spent time living in Amsterdam studying theology. The exhibition included letters to his brother Theo, vividly describing the city around him while referring to paintings of other artists. The exhibition was set up as if you were walking alongside him on his daily walks to the Jewish Quarter, churchgoing, visiting family and on his walks out of town. Two oil sketches of Amsterdam made by Van Gogh mark the end of these years and the beginning of his career as a painter.