Van Gogh (Basic Art Series 2.0)

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Today, the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) are among the most  well known and celebrated in the world. In Sunflowers, The Starry Night,  Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and many paintings and drawings  beyond, we recognize an artist uniquely dexterous in the portrayal of  mood and place through paint, pencil, charcoal, or chalk.

Yet as  he was deploying the lurid colors, emphatic brushwork, and contoured  forms that would subsequently make his name, van Gogh battled not only  the disinterest of his contemporary audience but also devastating bouts  of mental illness. His episodes of depression and anxiety would  eventually claim his life, when, in 1890, he committed suicide shortly  after his 37th birthday.

This richly illustrated introduction  follows Vincent van Gogh’s story from his earliest pictures of peasants  and rural workers, through his bright Parisian period, to his final,  feverish burst of creative energy in the South of France during the last  two and a half years of his life.

About the series

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has  evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. 

Each  book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions


  • Publisher :  TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (March 29, 2016) 
  • Language: :  English 
  • Hardcover :  96 pages 
  • Dimensions :  8.46 x 0.47 x 10.47 inches