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Although there have been numerous past accounts of the life of Vincent van Gogh—some reasonable and some apocryphal—David A. Glen and William J. Havlicek now present, in a 3-part documentary mini-series with beautifully illustrated companion books, the most comprehensive and factual account of the celebrated artist’s short yet incredibly productive life, thanks to the ardent advocacy, diaries, and correspondence of one of history’s most remarkable women, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. For had it not been for Johanna, virtually nothing of the illustrious Vincent van Gogh we know of today would have come to light.
Johanna was Vincent’s sister-in-law, and Theo’s wife. After the deaths of Vincent and Theo, who both died in their 30s within six months of each other, Johanna became both conservator and ardent advocate of the immense collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings that had been left to her young son and heir, also named Vincent. Johanna was to single-handedly preserve and chronicle over 520 hand-written letters (eventually more than 900 would come to light) without which we would never have understood the devoted relationship and interdependence Vincent had with his brother Theo, nor the remarkable beneficence that lay at the very core of the Van Gogh family as a whole. Most importantly, we might never have known the true nature and accomplishments of the extraordinary Vincent van Gogh.
Documentary filmmaker and author, David Glen and art historian and author William J. Havlicek, after many years of meticulous research, demonstrate how Johanna’s indomitable and tenacious spirit met with great antipathy in a time when women were not welcome in the world of art dealing. Yet her steadfast determination and stamina were soon to attract the attention of principal art dealers, including the renowned Cassirer and Bremmer, who were to orchestrate the sale of a large number of Van Gogh paintings and drawings to the affluent collector Helene Kröller-Müller. These now comprise the second-largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork, now on display in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. The story of Helene Kroller-Muller’s involvement in the collection of Vincent’s art also tells of a wealthy German family’s fall from grace in the post-war Netherlands.
Glen and Havlicek have carefully researched these letters and documents that accurately portray Johanna as a woman whose indomitable and tenacious spirit met with great antipathy in a time when women were not welcome in the world of art dealing. Yet her steadfast determination and stamina were soon to attract the attention of principal art dealers, including the renowned Cassirer and Bremmer, who were to orchestrate the sale of a large number of Van Gogh paintings and drawings to the affluent collector Helene Kröller-Müller. These now comprise the second-largest collection of Van Gogh’s artwork, now on display in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. Helene Kroller-Muller’s collection of Vincent’s art also plays a fascinating role in the saga of a wealthy German family’s fall from grace in post-war Holland.
Johanna’s ardent advocacy, and her sheer foresight and tenacity, are inextricably tied to the very existence of one of history’s artistic icons in the person of Vincent van Gogh. And this captivating story also resuscitates in us integrity, loyalty, tolerance, perseverance and, above-all, kindness—virtues that are often lacking in our ethos today.

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