Van Gogh – a graphic novel

Most of us are familiar with Van Gogh’s Sunflowers; his Starry Night; his penchant for absinthe and his ear-focussed self-mutilation.

Vincent cover
Vincent cover

Beyond this, though, details may be rather sketchy.

A new way to find out more about the iconic Dutch artist’s life has arrived in the form of a graphic novel by Dutch illustrator Barbara Stok, published by SelfMadeHero in March.

Sunflowers
Sunflowers

The book, simply entitled Vincent, charts the artist’s time during his short stay in Arles, Provence from 1888 -1890, where he ‘had one of his most intense, creative periods’, according to SelfMadeHero.

The book takes an epistolary approach, formed from a series of letters between Van Gogh and his brother Theo.

Starry Night
Starry Night

These are weaved with interpretations of some of his most famous paintings including Van Gogh’s Bedroom, Wheat Field with Crows, and Starry Night.

Emotional turmoil
Emotional turmoil

‘An affectionate tribute to a revered figure, [Stok] captures the vibrant colours of Van Gogh’s art and devises a distinctive style to depict his emotional turmoil’, says SelfMadeHero.

A hard-working man
A hard-working man

The book was commissioned in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and is the second in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters series, following Rembrandt. Graphic novels on the lives of Dalí and Picasso are to follow.   

Vincent is published by SelfMadeHero on 6 March priced £12.99

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