Mrs Van Gogh: The breathtaking historical novel inspired by the true story of the woman who made Van Gogh famous

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Mrs Van Gogh: The breathtaking historical novel inspired by the true story of the woman who made Van Gogh famous

Mrs Van Gogh: The breathtaking historical novel inspired by the true story of the woman who made Van Gogh famous

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The legacy and renown of Vincent van Gogh the long-suffering artist began to spread in the years after his death, first in the Netherlands, and Germany and then throughout Europe. Mrs Van Gogh is a beautifully written historical fiction novel which allowed me to really feel as though I were immersed in Montmartre life in the 1880s and 1890s.

My only criticism is that the “women are not equal to men” narrative gets is a bit too overt at times. At the time of her death, she was still engaged in translating 526 of Vincent's letters into English. The Parisian streets, cafés and clubs leap vividly from the page and I loved spending time with Johanna, her brother, and the Van Gogh brothers too.

We are all aware that during Vincent’s lifetime, his art did not draw much attention yet upon his death, things began to take off. The small place that - (despite protests from Theo that *Johanna* was his world) she lived in the shadow of that gigantic love, it’s sadness and chaos. cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown ( link) Webpage announcing the biography of Johanna Bonger. The portrayal here is that she was a strong woman who carried some heavy burdens, regrets and grief from her loss. Lei, donna di fine ottocento, è stata una dei pochi ad aver compreso il talento di Vincent e ad aver lottato assiduamente perché questo fosse riconosciuto anche dagli altri.

Despite the dismissal by the establishment of the art world, she worked tirelessly and successfully to bring art critics and the public to her view of Vincent as a suffering artistic genius both in painting and in literature through his letters. I’ve read countless historical fiction novels about him, been to the Hermitage to see his paintings, to Arles to have coffee in Cafe Van Gogh, see more paintings and visit the hospital he was taken to after he cut off a piece of his ear, to Montmartre to see where he and his brother, Theo, lived and been twice to view a 'Dutch masters' visiting collection in Vancouver, all in an effort to appreciate his art. For her the letters and the paintings were a unified package and that the way to persuade critics who might dismiss his work was through the letters.

For the most part Mrs Van Gogh is an interesting and entertaining read, the last 100 pages however and in particular the effects of Vincent’s death and Theo’s illness are exceptional. Tuttavia, non si capisce fino in fondo se il disprezzo della gente abbia scalfito oppure no la sua autostima di pittore. After reading this book, I think you’ll agree with me: she became one of the greatest art dealers to have lived. Jo's son Vincent Willem conveyed to Lise's children his mother's regret about the end of the women's friendship.

NEE, als je je laat leiden door de achterflap en denkt dat je een boek gaat lezen dat zich voornamelijk afspeelt na de dood van Vincent Van Gogh. Jo has already met Theo who has flirted with her but with her Dutch upbringing thinks that he is rather presumptive and initially rejects his overtures. Her sister-in-law Lies published a personal remembrance of Vincent in 1910, which was translated into English, French, and German, indicating the perceived demand for information about Vincent's life.Initially intrigued by the premise of this book and gaining an insight into the life of Jo and her relationships with the Van Gogh brothers. The read is a tribute to Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger relating her story from a personal perspective, a young woman well educated and a multilingual scholar but for which also brings to mind yet again the futility of female life at that time, the lack of recognition as being able to construct abstract thoughts, problem solve and add balance to what in the Van Gogh household was one of constant turmoil created by lies, innuendo, insecure personalities and inherited madness exacerbated by alcohol. She spread him over the world, selling at least 195 paintings and 55 drawings by Van Gogh, including Sunflowers to London’s National Gallery of British Art in 1924, the year before she died.



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