Van Gogh, part of the Taschen Basic Art series, follows Vincent van Gogh from the early gloom-laden paintings in which he captured the misery of peasants and workers in his homeland, through his bright and colourful Parisian period, to the work of his final years, spent under a southern sun in Arles. Here, at last, he found the light that produced the unmistakable van Gogh style. At Arles, Saint-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, in the feverish burst of creative energy that marked his last two-and-a-half years, he produced the 465 paintings on which his immortality rests.
Van Gogh craved recognition during his lifetime but was denied it until after his self-inflicted death. Today he is universally seen as one of the great forerunners of painting of the 20th century, and one of the tragic masters of art.
Van Gogh is part of the Taschen Basic Art series. Each art book in this series of art history books gives a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist. Each art book contains approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions and a concise biography of the artist.