Ever Yours: The Essential Letters

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$45.00  $41.40
Yale University Press
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7.24 X 1.85 X 10.34 inches | 3.67 pounds
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About the Author

Leo Jansen, formerly curator of paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, is editor of the Mondrian Edition Project. Hans Luijten is a senior researcher and Nienke Bakker is curator of paintings at the Van Gogh Museum.


"No artist was ever a more engaging, vivid, honest, yearning, generous correspondent: you can open this selection on any page and be instantly riveted. Marvellously condensed from the Van Gogh Museum's landmark six-volume 2009 edition."--Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
"The truth about Vincent van Gogh, the very core of his struggles, beliefs, madness, and ambitions can be found in his collected letters, Ever Yours."--Nick Mafi, Daily Beast
"Of considerable interest to art lovers, students, scholars, and others, this affordable, well-presented, and scholarly publication is very highly recommended for many academic, large public, and special library art book collections."--Library Journal, starred review
"The letters serve as a kind of autobiography, attesting to van Gogh's engagement in art, his trials and aspirations, and, most vividly, his relationship with his younger brother Theo. . . . [Van Gogh's] descriptions of his own paintings are poetically evocative, and his long, detailed, emotional outpourings offer insight into his suffering, loneliness and dreams."--Kirkus Reviews
"Frequently more absorbing, expansive, and instructive than a collection of letters ought to be."--Dan Piepenbring, Paris Review "Daily"
"Frequently more absorbing, expansive, and instructive than a collection of letters ought to be."--Dan Piepenbring, Paris Review "Daily"
"A revelatory read in its hefty totality, brimming with insights into the rich and turbulent inner life of one of humanity's greatest creative luminaries."--Maria Popova, Brainpickings
"Of all the qualities we associate with Vincent Van Gogh, 'giver of profound life advice' generally doesn't top the list. But based on the insights contained within [Ever Yours], a collection of letters written by the artist himself, perhaps it should."--Sophie Kleeman, Mic
"This book will soothe your artistic soul even as it breaks your heart. . . . [Van Gogh] does not come across as the wild-eyed, ear-severing artist of his myth in this extraordinary volume, comprised of 265 carefully selected letters, many illustrated with his sketches and doodles. . . . The real surprise, and delight, of this volume is to learn that Van Gogh was not trained as an artist. He was a writer who happened to work in the art trade and his real aspiration was to become a preacher. . . . Get this book for the artist in the family who believes he or she has seen it all already."--Alan Bisbort, Waterbury [CT] Republican-American
A Best Art Book of 2014 --Huffington Post