Van Gogh: A Power Seething

Van Gogh A Power Seething I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour of drawing and of the artistic life Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in And if we work in that faith it seems to me that th

  • Title: Van Gogh: A Power Seething
  • Author: Julian Bell
  • ISBN: 9780544343733
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and of the artistic life, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888 And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there s a chance that our hopes won t be in vain His prediction would come true In his brief and explosively creative life he committed suicide a few years later at the a I believe in the absolute necessity of a new art of colour, of drawing and of the artistic life, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888 And if we work in that faith, it seems to me that there s a chance that our hopes won t be in vain His prediction would come true In his brief and explosively creative life he committed suicide a few years later at the age of thirty seven Van Gogh made us see the world in a new way His shining landscapes of Provence and somber portraits of workers shattered the relationship between light and dark, and his hallucinatory visions were so bright they nearly blinded the world.He was a great writer as well In his six hundred plus letters to Theo he chronicled with heartbreaking urgency his mental breakdowns, acrimonious family relations, and struggles with art dealers, who largely ignored him until the last years of his life Shading this dark story is the artist s acquaintance with prostitutes and penury, stormy scenes with his friend Paul Gauguin, and dissipated Parisian nights with Henri de Toulouse Lautrec.Julian Bell s passion for his subject brings the painter to life Bell writes with slashing intensity, at once scholarly and defiantly partisan I have written this book out of my love for Vincent van Gogh, the uniquely exciting painter, and Vincent van Gogh, the letter writer of heart piercing eloquence, he declares For Bell, Van Gogh was an artistic genius and he was a wonder of the world.

    One thought on “Van Gogh: A Power Seething”

    1. Although the author is clearly enthusiastic about Van Gogh, this enthusiasm does not project on the reader. The painter's biography is presented in a rather chaotic manner, while the language is at times very awkward. It definitely does not live up to Van Gogh's greatness and tragedy.

    2. This is a pretty decent short bio of a disturbed but brilliant man. The author's style is sort of odd, hard to describe but something about it makes this short book a bit of a slog. Also, it's not true that Van Gogh never sold any of his pictures during his lifetime. He sold one, near the end of his 37 years.

    3. My lovely niece gave me this book as a present; she knows me so well! I enjoyed traveling through the Netherlands and France with my good friend Vincent. This well written and highly foot noted book is only for the truest of fans.

    4. "'I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.' That, literally--for the language here was English--is how Vincent described the pattern of his life, writing from Paris in 1886. Choice is for the free, who are able to push themselves forward. Fate is for the shackled, who get pushed from behind."Bell writes a beautiful book about one of the most powerful forces in artistic expression. "Seething," obviously, is precisely chosen to encompass the oceanic psycho-emotional turmoil roiling within Vin [...]

    5. During the decade I lived in Chicago I used my membership at the Art Institute for every good reason (escaping work, cruising) but most of all for the collections themselves, including some masterworks by Van Gogh. I particularly recall a haunted self-portrait, and my sentimental favorite, Bedroom at Arles (the second version, as I discovered from Bell). Last summer in Amsterdam I made the obligatory visit to the Van Gogh Museum, which true to cliché left me gaping with wonder and emotion. Bell [...]

    6. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.As a student of Art History, this book instantly appealed to me. Van Gogh is, without a doubt, an iconic artist. Is there anyone - art fan or not - who doesn't know his name? His art has made him famous. And so has his ear. Anyone who knows of Van Gogh also knows of his madness. Although it seems cruel to say, I think everyone knows that the story of a mad man always promises to be an interesting tale. Van Gogh: A Power Seething did a [...]

    7. I’ve always been a fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s art. Reading “Van Gogh: A Power Seething” has given me a greater appreciation for the artist--his genius and his passion. Julian Bell’s scholarly writing was a challenge for me to wade through at times, but well worth taking the time to study the 148 pages for any Van Gogh enthusiast. Bell uses Vincent’s letters to his brother, Theo, along with other correspondences to portray the story of Van Gogh’s life. I had not realized that Vincent [...]

    8. This was a great read and so well written in a no nonsense manner. Julian packs it all in there and if you haven't read anything on Van Gogh this book has it all with feeling while explaining the genius of this man.

    9. Good Reads First to Read WinnerThis is a great, compact little biography that was a great introduction to Van Gogh as a non-artist. Bell uses Van Gogh's ample correspondence throughout the book and discusses his painting technique in a way that was accessible and interesting.

    10. If you like reading textbooks this might be for you. Historically it's boring and hard to follow. I love Van Gogh as an artist and was super excited to read this but it just It's not a fun read and I abandoned 50% of the way through because I couldn't take it any more.

    11. “Choice is for the free, who are able to push themselves forward. Fate is for the shackled, who get pushed from behind.” (Van Gogh: A Power Seething,” p. 63)Brilliant words from the quintessential tortured artist himself, a man whose mind was consumed alternately by hopefulness and then crushing despair; a man who sought to immortalize ideas and philosophies in brightly-colored hues strewn onto stretched canvas; a man who was simultaneously free to explore his art and yet shackled by his b [...]

    12. 2.5The writing in this book is what killed it for me. The beginning of the book was so dull that I only kept reading because it was so short. Luckily, it got a lot better toward the end. I understand why the dates and locations were provided, but sometimes it felt like I was reading a list of places and dates, and not a life story. I really liked when he told us why Van Gogh painted "Almond Blossoms" which is my favorite painting of his. Van Gogh always found joy in babies, so when he heard his [...]

    13. When this book first arrived, I must admit, I was disappointed with the lack of images of Van Gogh's work. Also I wondered: What more could be said after the nearly exhaustive "Van Gogh: The Life" had been published in 2011? Things didn't look any better when I read in the introduction to this book that most of the information was drawn on the letters of Van Gogh, which also had been chronicled fully in another book, "Vincent Van Gogh: The Complete Letters." What more could there possibly be lef [...]

    14. I LOVED Van Gogh: The Life, and this short book is written by an artist, rather than a historian, who says in his foreword that he intends to challenge that fairly negative interpretation. I'm interested.OK,finished. It's a nice, accessible book from a guy who loves Van Gogh's art. It seemed to lack detail, but it's only 160ish pages compared to 1000 for the other one, so I think this would be a great book for most people to enjoy about Van Gogh that is still more detailed than a 5-10 pages in t [...]

    15. Painter and writer Julian Bell's book Van Gogh: A Power Seething matches if not mirrors the mounting intensity of Vincent's own creative life as artist, icon, and man of letters and sorrows. Passion for Bell's all-too-human subject is clearly and concisely evident as one reads in between the lines of narrative essay to piece the puzzle together: the genius of Van Gogh. What we have here is literary prose at its creative and critical best--scholarly and stylishly sharp and smart--penultimately, t [...]

    16. A slim volume recounting a brief life. The British artist, Julian Bell, has drawn on the many letters that Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, for this illuminating biography of Vincent Van Gogh. I liked Bell's treatment of his subject, because he focused more on the artist's development of his craft, than on his mental state, throughout most of the book. I am in awe of the fact that Van Gogh's artistic works were created in a very short period of time. I gained an appreciation of Van G [...]

    17. This is a book I won through . I enjoyed reading about Vincent van Gogh's life as seen through the eyes of an artist. My background is in art and art history, so I found this book to be especially rich when Bell discusses the structural elements of works of art, the techniques van Gogh used in the application of paint in his marks, and the contemporary and classical artists he considered influential. Bell is also thoughtful in his choice of quotes from letters van Gogh wrote to his brother and s [...]

    18. This is a disturbing book about a disturbing life. I am amazed that so many of Van Gogh's paintings survived and that he was so productive in the midst of his chaotic life and madness.Also amazing is the fact that so many of his letters to Theo, his brother, survived and made records of his life possible.One of the great travel adventures of my life was a solo train ride from Paris to Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh died and was buried. I stood in awe before the church that he painted and prayed [...]

    19. (Thanks to NetGalley and New Harvest for an advance reading copy of this book.) Although Julian Bell is not the clearest and most elegant prose stylist in the world, he is an astonishing appreciator of Van Gogh's work and life. It is especially on the life that Bell hits all the right notes. This is not an exhaustive recounting of all the incidents of Van Gogh's pitiable life, but Bell gives just the right amount of detail to help us enter into the great painter's struggle to overcome his illnes [...]

    20. I learned so much about Van Gogh from Julian Bell's book. I had never really realized, from an artist's point of view, what Van Gogh struggled with in his craft. I should have understood earlier that for any creative person, writer or painter, finding the individual voice and path to beauty is a heroic struggle. Van Gogh didn't just paint. He had firm ideas about art and a faith in his own value. Bell is compassionate about the artist's mental illness as well as how hard he was on friends and fa [...]

    21. I liked this fact that this biography of a very interesting man was so short. It seemed slow in some sections. I am not an artist and some of the art descriptions were artists' "shop talk" with little explanation for a lay person. But I enjoyed knowing his life story and some background on many of his paintings. The glimpse into his madness was very interesting and went from thinking schizophrenia to alcohol withdrawal and the. Figured he had both. The author stated possibly bipolar disorder but [...]

    22. Although this is a relatively slim book, it is jam-packed with insight about Van Gogh and his life. Van Gogh only spent about ten years seriously painting, but those ten years produced amazing masterpieces; Julian Bell is a painter, so I think he has a special appreciation for the difficulties, challenges and triumphs that Van Gogh experienced. The book intersperses excerpts from Van Gogh's letters with lots of insight about what was happening in his life. I learned a great deal and felt like th [...]

    23. Als je bekend bent met andere boeken over Vincent van Gogh dan wordt er in dit boek weinig nieuws gemeld. Toch is het voor degenen die nooit eerder over Van Gogh lazen een zeer prettig leesbaar boek, Julian Bell heeft een heldere, verhalende manier van schrijven waardoor je Van Goghs leven in getrokken wordt en tot de laatste bladzijde geboeid blijft.In het midden van het boek zijn enkele foto's van Van Goghs schilderijen toegevoegd zodat je zijn kunstontwikkeling goed kunt volgen. Daarnaast tre [...]

    24. A nicely written and fairly short biography of Van Gogh. Not sure that Bell adds significant new insight or scholarship to Van Gogh's life, but he does an admirable job analyzing the highlights. As a painter, Bell brings a helpful perspective to the development of Van Gogh's paintings over time.The Kindle edition would benefit from having photos of the paintings that Bell describes, but this can be remedied by viewing them on a computer or iPad.

    25. I love biographies—especially about artists!—and this book did not disappoint. The language is a bit scholarly/professorial, but that can be nice. :) I think Julian Bell did a nice job. He's a UK-based painter, so he not only appreciates art but also understands the process of creating and selling it. This was a very enjoyable book. It made me love van Gogh even more than I already did, which is a feat!

    26. A short biography, only 148 pages. I appreciated the brevity, focused on character and thoughts about painting. Bell's language is dense. He sometimes states interesting observations in obscure ways.The ideas bank of the distant Bernard got drawn on as his two friends talked over the dinner table in Arles.I made notes of many of Van Gogh's quotes. This book is full of information despite it's size. There are 4 pages of high quality photographs.

    27. Interesting bio of Van Gogh. Although many facts about Van Gogh are common knowledge, I have never read a complete bio of him. This one was well done, I thought, telling of his almost accidental entrance into the world of art, his association with other artists of his time, his personal and artistic struggles. I'm sure I will never again look at his paintings the same way I looked at them before I listened to this bio. I will have a greater appreciation of what it took for him to create.

    28. I found that the book was much more interesting once I got to the part where van gogh was regularly making art and becoming inspired, but the biographical information preceding, I realize, was important to understand what was influencing him in his art making later on. I also like the generally positive view point that the author has given on his life, despite his story being a rather tragic one.

    29. This is a slim, 150 page biography of Vincent Van Gogh. In retrospect, it may not be the best book for someone without knowledge of painting. Much of what was written was beyond me but the slight size of the book made the nuggets I pulled out about Van Gogh, his artistic development and the art scene of the time worth the time investment.

    30. Brilliant and exhaustive research of Van GoghWhile I am not familiar with artists techniques, or the history of that time and all the artists, I was more than well pleased with being able to glean many interesting facts about the man who was deemed insane by most in his time but an immortal painter of sunflowers in mine. A very good read!

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