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Van Gogh

A Self Portrait: Letters Revealing His Life As a Painter
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In most cases, to go through a mans correspondence and make the proper selection for publication would be easy. One would merely have to pick out the few letters which were interesting and discard the many which were duU or unintelligible to the general reader without elaborate editorial notes. But there is scarcely one letter by Van Gogh which I, who am certainly no expert, do not find fascinating. Anyone who can afford them will want to possess and ought to buy the magnificent three volumes edited by Vincent W. vanG ogh. What, I asked myself, is the single most important fact about Van Gogh? To that there seemed only one answer -T hat he painted pictures. I have, therefore, confined my selection to those of his letters which contain reflections upon the art of painting and the problems of being a painter, and have only included letters concerned with his personal relations, to his father and his brother, for example, in so far as these throw direct light upon his career as a painter. Van Gogh was such an extraordinary character, however, that I have also generously selected from the descriptions given of him by acquaintances at various times in his life, which are printed in the complete edition. W. H.
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December 1994 : USA Paperback

Title: Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait: Letters Revealing His Life as a Painter
Author(s): Auden
ISBN: 1-56924-862-1 / 978-1-56924-862-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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1989 : USA Paperback

Title: Van Gogh: A Self Portrait: Letters Revealing His Life as a Painter (Tesoro Books)
Author(s): Vincent (selected by W H Auden) Van Gogh
ISBN: 1-55778-277-6 / 978-1-55778-277-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paragon House
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