Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind

Vincent Van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind

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Vincent van Gogh had one true teacher: Nature. Nature taught him about light, shadows, shape, and colors. And he had one single appraiser: his brother Theo. Today Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous painters in the world.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN: 9780802853905
Branch Call Number: 920 GOG 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Monaco, Octavia

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 09, 2012

As a children’s librarian I’ve a lot of people seeking out van Gogh biographies for kids. This isn’t the usual fare, which is precisely why I like it. It may not fulfill all the requirements of a homework assignment, but for a story that delves deeply into the very brain of its subject without going too far, there are few titles to compete. A beautiful, odd book.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 09, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 09, 2012

He was born in 1853 in Holland. His brother Theo came four years after that. Even from the start, though, Vincent van Gogh was a difficult guy to get along with. While Theo is good at making friends, Vincent is off-putting. This tendency doesn’t lessen any as they grow older, and Vincent has a way of getting fired from various occupations (gallery employee, preacher, etc.). When at last he turns to painting, Vincent finally finds what he needs. Even so, nothing’s ever easy. In Holland he paints too dark, in Paris he makes Theo’s life difficult. In Arles he finds the colors he needs but grows depressed, and back in Paris nothing’s quite right. Finally, in Auvers Vincent shoots himself and dies at home at the age of thirty-seven. Six months later, Theo joins his brother in death.

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