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 have now produced the most comprehensive and factual account of the illustrious 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.
Told in three vibrant episodes that encompass 15 dynamic, full-color chapters, and drawing from over 20 years of research, including the many hundreds of letters between Vincent and his benevolent brother Theo, this literary tour de force finally dispels much of the myth and conjecture that has come to surround the artist’s tumultuous life, and illustrates with dynamic interaction—through printed narrative and online media—Van Gogh’s enduring legacy.
Johanna was Vincent’s sister-in-law, and Theo’s wife. After the deaths of Vincent and Theo, who both died in their 30s and within a year of each other, Johanna became the keeper and advocate of Vincent’s immense collection of 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.
Had it not been for the remarkable Johanna, virtually nothing of the illustrious Vincent we know of today would have come to light.
This is a preorder for a set of signed copies of the trilogy in print.