This "lively, beautifully written biography" (Kirkus Reviews) of the famous Post-Impressionist artist who painted Starry Night and many other masterpieces is "fascinating reading" (School Library Journal, Starred Review).
Vincent Van Gogh—one of the nineteenth century's most brilliant artist—will forever be remembered as the Dutchman who pioneered new techniques and styles and who, in a fit of passion, cut off his own ear.
Whether painting a portrait, landscape, or still life, van Gogh sought to capture the vibrant spirit of his subject. Still, fame eluded him. This lack of recognition over a career spanning a mere decade (from ages twenty-seven to thirty-seven) fueled his lifelong self-doubt and bitter disappointments. Today, however, van Gogh's paintings are recognized as masterpieces, and the tormented Dutchman stands as a giant among artists.
Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of An Artist has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 6–8, Historical/Social Studies) in Appendix B. It features a sixteen-page insert with family photographs and full-color painting reproductions and includes a glossary of artists and terms, a biographical time line, notes, a bibliography, and locations of museums that display Van Gogh’s work.
A ROBERT F. SILBERT HONOR BOOK
AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK
AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A BOOKLIST CHILDREN'S EDITOR'S CHOICE
"This outstanding, well-researched biography is fascinating reading." —School Library Journal, Starred
"Readers will see not just the man but also the paintings anew." —The Bulletin, Starred
"An exceptional biography that reveals the humanity behind the myth." —Booklist, Starred
"The reader who wants insight into the life of this remarkable painter will find it in this lively, beautifully written biography." —Kirkus Reviews
WINNER 2002 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2002 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 2002 - Maine Student Book Master List
WINNER 2002 - Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Book