Van Gogh's Letters


The Mind of the Artist in Paintings, Drawings, and Words, 1875-1890

Edited by H. Anna Suh

Now in paperback, this beautiful and important collection pairs more than 150 of Van Gogh's letters with more than 250 works of his art.

Throughout his life, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) wrote hundreds of letters to his brother Theo, who acted as patron, agent, and sounding board to the artist whose life was fraught with poverty, a struggle for recognition, and alternating fits of madness and lucidity, as well as to family members and fellow artists including Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. His letters, originally collected by Theo’s wife, Johanna, exhibit Van Gogh’s genius, his depth of observation, and his feelings in their most naked form. In many of them he described, in painstaking detail and beautiful prose, the progress of his work.

Van Gogh's Letters presents more than 150 of these stirring letters, excerpted and newly translated, and set side-by-side with the art it describes, including sketches, drawings, and paintings. Van Gogh’s words and art illuminate each other and reveal a portrait of the artist as never seen before. The result is an elegantly rendered collection that allows us to see the world through the eyes of one of the greatest artists of all time.

Previously published in hardcover as Vincent van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters.

H. Anna Suh has a master’s degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University. She was on the curatorial staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked on projects for scholarly publications at the Met, New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, the Princeton University Art Museum, and Harvard University. She lives in New York City.


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