There were struggles: Starry Night

Van Gogh at the Asylum

by Martin Bailey

#StarryNight #NetGalley

Van Gogh is an artist whose work is quite familiar. The Starry Night pictured on this book’s cover is one of his best known and most recognized paintings.

While Van Gogh was an icon who created gorgeous art works, he also struggled. Yes, many know about his ear but there is much more to his life story and works than that. In this book, a well-regarded art historian looks into Van Gogh’s experiences during the time that he was in the asylum. He offers much to think about for both art history students and others with an interest in this iconic painter.

This is truly a wonderful book. The author is an expert and relatable guide to Van Gogh’s life. From the beginning when Saint Remy is described, he invites the reader in. The book is beautifully illustrated with Van Gogh’s paintings. In addition, there are many photographs. Readers can see the page noting Van Gogh’s admission to the asylum for example as well as many of his works.

I highly recommend this title. I read an ARC and would love to see the finished book.

Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group-White Lion-Frances Lincoln books for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 30 August 2022

Author: joycesmysteryandfictionbookreviews

I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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