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which brings forth the very real words, feelings and attitudes of one of the art world's most fascinating and often misunderstood men. To be read in conjunction with Dear Theo and an in-depth biography of the great painter.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Conversations with Van Gogh in three words, what would they be?
Informative, entertaining, clever
Who was your favorite character and why?
Van Gogh - for obvious reasons!
Have you listened to any of Andy Havill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
I am addicted to Van Gogh's work, not least because of the unusual life of the artist. I have been to Arles and Amsterdam to better understand his oeuvre. By listening to this book, I drew closer to the man who has eluded me all these years. I discovered our common love of Japanese prints and the paintings of Jean Millet which I first admired in Boston's MFA. It was a treat. The author brings the painter to life. I did not realize that Van Gogh could paint with words as well as with oils. This little book was a delight. I listened to it on the plane as I traveled to Ottawa to see the "Van Gogh Up Close" exhibit. I look forward to listening again now that I have seen so many more of his masterpieces "up close".
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It is a fascinating audio-book. I listened to it with so much pleasure. It was like listening to a real interview with Van Gogh and all the words were his own. All the little details of Van Gogh's life create picture of an authentic person, not some legendary painter. Also, the delivery by Andy Havill realy brings Vincent's words to life.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who are easily amused. Someone who only wants the thin gruel of what Vincent Van Gogh wrote.
What will your next listen be?
God only knows.
How could the performance have been better?
While listening to conversations with Van Gogh I yearned for more Van Gogh and for the interviewer to disappear. I just wish someone had done a full unabridged version of Van Gogh's letters - all 900+ letters and I would have been in heaven. Instead I have to be contented with this chopped up mess.
What character would you cut from Conversations with Van Gogh?