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The most important art publication of 2009, if not of the decade. — Financial Times
This could be the best autobiography of an artist yet to appear anywhere. — The Economist
Has a depth that would not exist were this a collection of only images or only words. This could be the best autobiography of an artist yet to appear anywhere. — The Economist
A massive work of scholarship as well as a visual delight. — Sunday Telegraph [UK]
Twenty years worth of his letters, published in a spectacular illustrated six-volume edition are the longest, warmest, most attentive account of an artist’s life seen from the inside that has ever been. — New Yorker
The greatest cache of writing about art left behind by any artist. Intense, relentless, gossipy, utterly fascinating. — The Sunday Times [London]
With his words and visions united in all their blazing intensity, this momentous edition at last completes the palette of Vincent's double art. — The Independent [UK]
It is certainly one of the best art books I’ve ever read and the only one I would truly say today, at this moment, is truly indispensable — Modern Painters
With the publication of this monumental six-volume edition of his letters, Vincent van Gogh is fully revealed as a supreme writer-painter…. This collection is definitive. — ARTnews
A richly annotated and illustrated six-volume compendium.... Each letter is newly transcribed, painstakingly retranslated without adornment or amendment, and in some case redated in accordance with new research. — The Wall Street Journal
A fabulous six-volume hardcover edition of the artist’s complete surviving correspondence…. They are like snapshots of his creative process, and they are all produced in the six volumes, along with family photographs, maps of the artist’s whereabouts from year to year, and reproductions of art, by himself and others, that he refers to in the letters…. Worth every penny and hard-to-lift pound. — New York Times
A compelling chronicle of the artist’s innermost thoughts…. Art enthusiasts can ponder the deep words and complicated constructions of each and every letter, including van Gogh’s final testament, which was found in his pocket the day he shot himself in the chest and consequently dies two days later…. Beyond the aesthetic elegance of each handwritten letter lies the documented expression of one of the world’s most loved artists. In van Gogh’s world penmanship was a virtue, words were elocuted with care and sentences, skillfully structured. The Letters provide a unique glimpse into another era and another time. — Zink
Hans Luijten is Curator of Research at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.