Authors David A. Glen and William J. Havlicek, in their new, full-color 360-page trilogy, have produced the most comprehensive and factual account of the life and legacy of the illustrious artist, Vincent van Gogh, drawing from the hundreds of letters between Vincent and his benevolent brother Theo, and most importantly from the diaries and correspondence of one of history’s most remarkable women, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. And this literary tour de force finally dispels much of the myth and conjecture that has come to surround the artist’s tumultuous life.
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 drawings and studio materials 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.