This volume commemorates the 100th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death. Major van Gogh scholars present essays that reexamine the painter’s place in the art world of his time, the phenomenal growth in his reputation, and his influence on later art movements and individual artists. At the time of his death and for some years after, there was a question as to whether van Gogh’s approach would gain recognition. Today, he is seen as one of the most popular and recognized of the world’s artists, and his impact on 20th-century art is unquestioned. How and why this occurred is a major theme throughout this essay collection.
Among the topics examined are iconography; van Gogh’s poetry as well as the literature that influenced him and that he, in turn, influenced; psychological and religious aspects of van Gogh’s painting and self-imaging; and how van Gogh has been interpreted. A section on his legacy in art concludes this major reassessment of van Gogh’s place in art history. An important collection for art scholars and researchers as well as public library patrons.