From the publisher’s website, 7 October 2009
Vincent van Gogh’s letters have long been prized as some of the most valuable documents in the world of art. Not only do they throw light on Van Gogh’s own complex and intriguing character, they enlighten the whole creative process as seen through his eyes.
As of 8 October the web edition of the letters on http://www.vangoghletters.org/, will be freely accessible.
Now Van Gogh’s entire existing correspondence is published in the most complete edition ever produced, illustrated extensively throughout, and drawing on 15 years of scholarship and dedicated research. For the first time, all the works to which Van Gogh refers will be shown alongside the letters – not only the paintings and drawings that he himself was working on at the time, but also the works of art by others that he mentions.
Sketches that Van Gogh made throughout the letters themselves are reproduced at full size. In over 900 letters we can observe Van Gogh’s thoughts and opinions at first hand, as well as his close ties with his brother Theo, his sometimes troubled relationships with friends and fellow artists, his personal doubts and fears, and above all his overriding passion for his art.
Vincent van Gogh: the letters: the complete illustrated and annotated edition
Edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker
ca. 2180 pp.
Amsterdam (Van Gogh Museum) and London (Thames & Hudson) 2009
Also available in Dutch (Amsterdam University Press) and French (Actes Sud)