By Irving Stone
No artist has been extra ruthlessly pushed by means of his inventive urge, nor extra remoted by means of it from so much usual assets of human happiness, than Vincent Van Gogh. A painter of genius, his existence used to be an incessant fight opposed to poverty, discouragement, insanity and depression. Lust for all times skilfully captures the intriguing surroundings of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs with nice perception the advance of Van Gogh's paintings. The painter is dropped at existence not just as an artist yet as a character and this account of his violent, brilliant and tormented existence is a unique of infrequent compassion and energy.
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His uncle, Hendrik Van Gogh, owns big art shops in Brussels and Amsterdam, and still another uncle, Cornelius Van Gogh, is the head of the biggest firm in Holland. Why, the Van Goghs are the greatest family of picture dealers in Europe. " When Vincent walked into the dining room of the Loyer's that night he found Ursula and her mother talking together in undertones. They stopped as soon as he came in, and left a sentence hanging in mid-air. Ursula ran into the kitchen. "Good evening," said Madame Loyer with a curious glint in her eye.
Maya; 7. Gauguin arrives; 8. The sound and the fury; 9. Fou-rou; 10. " VII. St. Remy 421 1. Third Class Carriage; 2. The fraternity of fous; 3. ; 4. " VIII. Auvers 444 1. The first one-man exhibition; 2. A specialist in nervous diseases; 3. One cannot paint good-bye; 4. A more resilient earth; 5. " The self-portrait of Van Gogh which appears on the cover of this book is used by courtesy of the Netherlands Bureau of Information. PROLOGUE LONDON 1 "Monsieur Van Gogh! " Vincent had been waiting for Ursula's voice even while he slept.
He and Ursula stood side by side, groping for the right position for the picture. Vincent was nervous; he dropped the pins as fast as he tried to stick them into the wall. She laughed at him in a quiet, intimate tone. " She lifted both arms above her head and worked with deft movements of every muscle of her body. She was quick in her gestures, and graceful. Vincent wanted to take her in his arms, there in the dim light of the lamp, and settle with one sure embrace this whole tortuous business.