Vincent van Gogh: A Biography

By Julius Meier-Graefe
Translated by John Holroyd-Reece
Read by Wanda McCaddon

7.70 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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The lives of many famous artists have been shrouded in mystery and conjecture, but none have been more controversial than the life of Vincent van Gogh. Remembered for his swirling brushstrokes and burning colors, Vincent van Gogh is today one of the best-known painters. Though his career as a painter spanned less than ten years, he produced a body of work that remains one of the most enduring in all of modern art. In his lifetime, however, he received little recognition. Today his paintings sell for countless millions, yet during his lifetime, van Gogh managed to sell just one painting. Van Gogh’s road to becoming a painter took a circuitous, often troublesome path. In his twenties, van Gogh served as a lay minister in a Belgian mining district. He practiced Christian virtues with such outward zeal that he found himself ostracized from society, which prompted him to set off for Brussels to study art. His religious zeal, his belief in the unimpeachable nature of man and his struggle, and his many tumultuous inner-turmoils all resonate through his extraordinary body of paintings.

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The lives of many famous artists have been shrouded in mystery and conjecture, but none have been more controversial than the life of Vincent van Gogh.

Remembered for his swirling brushstrokes and burning colors, Vincent van Gogh is today one of the best-known painters. Though his career as a painter spanned less than ten years, he produced a body of work that remains one of the most enduring in all of modern art. In his lifetime, however, he received little recognition. Today his paintings sell for countless millions, yet during his lifetime, van Gogh managed to sell just one painting.

Van Gogh’s road to becoming a painter took a circuitous, often troublesome path. In his twenties, van Gogh served as a lay minister in a Belgian mining district. He practiced Christian virtues with such outward zeal that he found himself ostracized from society, which prompted him to set off for Brussels to study art. His religious zeal, his belief in the unimpeachable nature of man and his struggle, and his many tumultuous inner-turmoils all resonate through his extraordinary body of paintings.

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by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Quick Look Into The Short Life of a Genius

This biography of Vincent Van Gogh is a great and quick listen. It hits on all the major and a few minor events of this artistic genius. Wanda McCaddon does an excellent job at narrating Van Gogh's life to immediately suck you in. If you are a fan of art, you definitely need to listen to this audiobook!

Author

Author Bio: Julius Meier-Graefe

JULIUS MEIER-GRAEFE (1867–1935) was an art critic and art historian widely regarded as a pioneering figure in the early development of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art history. His writings on Impressionism and Post-impressionism are considered to have been instrumental for the understanding and lasting success of these artistic movements.


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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 7.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English