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As painter I bought this book for interest in Vincent Van Gogh. I have listened to this book four times. There is a lot of information. I will be buying a hard copy. I have learned a lot regarding how Vincent worked as a painter and his technique. There is a lot of information regarding the stolen paintings from World War 2. I would recommend this to anyone interested in painting and to all the Van Gogh enthusiasts.
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Would you listen to Breaking van Gogh again? Why?
I would definitely listen to this again. The story is highly interesting covering all angles in which the picture wheat field with Cypresses came into existence.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I knew virtually nothing about this topic and don't follow art or the art world but I was entertained the entire time. It was written very well with plots rises and suspension to keep you wanting to listen.
Have you listened to any of Jeff Cummings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first for me.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I think the areas where he discussed Vincent Van Gogh and how his mental illness and lead poisoning was the reason for his ability to see color so vividly was so heart breaking for me. It made me realize that while we love looking at the art work we hate the reasons that inspired the art work and there's such a bitter irony there.
Any additional comments?
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that while it's discussing historical events the author has a highly emotional spin on everything. Many facts are listed as facts instead of emotional conjecture and that bothered me. The story was well written and presented but sometimes the conclusions were listed as facts when in reality we have no way of knowing and or no evidence. I wish the author had been more clear about this.