"Vincent van Gogh: Matters of Identity" by Yves Vasseur

Vincent van Gogh: Matters of Identity Yves Vasseur, Sjraar van Heugten, Marije Vellekoop

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
26 Jan 2021
ISBN:
9780300257687
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
160 pages: 244 x 190mm
Illustrations:
120 color + b-w illus.

Full of surprising anecdotes, this book tells the story of the discovery in 2018 that one of only two known photographs of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is, in fact, of his brother, Theo. The detective-style narrative continues from there to Samuel Delsaut, who found two drawings attributed to Van Gogh in 1958. The archives of the Delsaut family revealed details casting doubt on the authenticity of these drawings, along with abundant correspondence between Samuel’s son and the son of Dr. Paul Gachet, who cared for Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. A real-life lesson in historical criticism, this book, beautifully illustrated with reproductions of Van Gogh’s work, has resonance with our contemporary predicament distinguishing information from rumor, journalism from propaganda.

Yves Vasseur is a writer based in Belgium and was general commissioner of Mons Cultural Capital of Europe 2015. Sjraar van Heugten is former head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and an independent art historian. Marije Vellekoop is head of collections, research, and presentation at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.