Elizabeth Ripley tells a warm, understanding story of the great artist Vincent van Gogh. His arduous life, his struggles against poverty, his determination to continue painting despite lack of recognition, are discussed with dignity and empathy. Much of the story is told by van Gogh himself, as his personality authentically emerges through letters written to family and friends.
All paintings are in full color, with a few extra sketches and paintings new to this edition. Plus there is a bonus page in the back, but only when you get the book here from Purple House Press—page 68 showcases van Gogh's beautiful painting Almond Blossom. This edition of the book was printed on an offset printing press using 100# matte art paper with 12 pt covers.
Books purchased from any other retailer are the print on demand edition, with a different isbn and printed on 70# paper with 10 pt covers. Page 68 is blank, it does not feature Almond Blossom as an extra painting.
As a thank you for getting your books from us, they are $4.00 cheaper here than anywhere else.
A set of eight 8x10 prints is available to go along with the book, the selected paintings are: Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, Sunflowers (15 sunflowers with yellow background), The Zouave (half-figure), Bridge at Arles, The Potato Eaters, The Yellow House, The Bedroom, and the incomparable Starry Night.
They're printed on 18 pt cardstock with a matte film lamination (the same coating on our jackets and covers) to help make them water resistant. One set of prints may be purchased along with the book for an extra $5.00. If you need more than one set of prints, extras can be added for $8 per set, and the prints alone without the book are $10.
The Woman Who Made van Gogh is an article well worth reading! Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the painter’s sister-in-law, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.