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Vincent van Gogh

Matters of Identity

Yves Vasseur Sjraar van Heugten Marije Vellekoop

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Yale University
26 January 2021
Full of surprising anecdotes, this book tells the story of the discovery in 2018 that one of only two known photographs of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is, in fact, of his brother, Theo. The detective-style narrative continues from there to Samuel Delsaut, who found two drawings attributed to Van Gogh in 1958. The archives of the Delsaut family revealed details casting doubt on the authenticity of these drawings, along with abundant correspondence between Samuel's son and the son of Dr. Paul Gachet, who cared for Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. A real-life lesson in historical criticism, this book, beautifully illustrated with reproductions of Van Gogh's work, has resonance with our contemporary predicament distinguishing information from rumor, journalism from propaganda.
By:   Yves Vasseur
Preface by:   Marije Vellekoop
Introduction by:   Sjraar van Heugten
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   627g
ISBN:   9780300257687
ISBN 10:   0300257686
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   26 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Yves Vasseur is a writer based in Belgium and was general commissioner of Mons Cultural Capital of Europe 2015. Sjraar van Heugten is former head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and an independent art historian. Marije Vellekoop is head of collections, research, and presentation at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Reviews for Vincent van Gogh: Matters of Identity

Solves the mystery of Van Gogh's lost harmonium portrait -Martin Bailey, Art Newspaper


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