van Gogh’s letters
I’ve been listening to this series on BBC– it’s an audiobook of letters between Vincent van Gogh and his family and friends. I don’t know much about art, except for what my mother-in-law (artist Diane Scott) shares with me when we visit museums together– but like many people, I do know many of van Gogh’s paintings. Listening to him talk about his art and colours, and his passion to capture it in his canvases is inspiring.
Mark Rylance and Julius D’Silva read from a new edition of Van Gogh’s prodigious correspondence.
This selection illustrates the artist’s contradictions and complexities: his self-doubt and his passionate ambition; his close bond with his brother Theo; and his sometimes troubled relationships with other family members and fellow artists. What emerges above all is his overriding passion for his art.
Abridged by Doreen Estall.