The first half of this fascinating new book contains a detailed exploration of Van Gogh's life, including his background, early career, influences and relationships. Beginning with his birth in 1853, it details his childhood, family life, education and work-life before he began painting in 1880. The second half of the book comprises an illustrated and comprehensive gallery, presenting over 280 full colour representations of his significant works, from his early sketches and paintings to the hugely famous Sunflowers, Irises and The Starry Night. These superb reproductions are accompanied by thorough analysis and its significance within the context of Van Gogh's life, his technique and his body of work as a whole.
Michael Howard is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a practicing artist and has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Duke's Oak Gallery, New York Art Fair and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Michael's special interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and European art. His previous publications include The Treasures of Monet