Review: Living With Vincent Van Gogh by Martin Bailey

Living with Vincent Van Gogh tells the story of Van Gogh’s life through the places he lived and worked, including Amsterdam, London, Paris and Provence. It looks at the impact these places and the people he met had on his artwork, and his development as an artist. This book gives its readers a unique insight into the life of one of the most important artists in history.

As an artist myself, Van Gogh has always been a huge inspiration for me, and when I saw that Living With Vincent Van Gogh was available for request on NetGalley, how could I resist?! When my request was approved, I was naturally extremely excited. Getting such an in depth look into the life of one of my biggest inspirations, and to see into his world is something extremely special to me, and Martin Bailey has written it perfectly!

Before beginning this book, I would have said that I already had a large amount of knowledge in terms of Van Gogh’s work, and life, and I didn’t really expect to learn anything new. Having said that, I was still looking forward to reading about him, and seeing how Bailey would present Van Gogh’s life story. However, after reading the first chapter, I was pleasantly surprised. It became apparent that I was going to learn a lot more from this book than I had expected, and that I didn’t know as much about Van Gogh’s life as I had initially thought.

I particularly enjoyed reading about his time in London, as until now, it was a part of his life I knew very little about. Having lived in London myself, learning that some of Van Gogh’s favourite places to visit were the same as some of my own brings me a happiness that I can’t explain.

Another amazing aspect of this book is the imagery. It features many of Van Gogh’s artworks, contemporary landscape photography, and previously unpublished archival documents.

Living with Vincent Van Gogh taught me more than I could have imagined, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. His life is such a sad story, but such a powerful one. No matter how many times he failed, he never gave up on the thing he loved the most, and we could all learn something from him, and his life. I will definitely be reading all of the books that Martin Bailey has written on Van Gogh, and I highly recommend this one to anyone who is interested in art or Van Gogh.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, and White Lion Publishing for my copy. Living with Van Gogh will be published on 11th June 2019, and I give it a 5/5 rating.

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