Author(s): Fred Leeman
People all around the world know the name of Vincent van Gogh. He has become an artist of mythical proportions. Millions of people are touched by his paintings and they have at least a notion of his tragic life. The short life and great work of van Gogh confront us with the real meaning of success. This package contains two complementary items: an audiobook (fifty minutes) and an illustrated book (fifty pages). The audiobook tells the story of van Gogh's struggle for recognition. We realise that the image of Van Gogh as a creative madman is far from the truth. Between the periods of mental illness that impede his last two years, he created great art with a clear view of what he wanted to achieve and with awe-inspiring energy. The book that goes with the audiobook tells the story of Van Gogh's rise to fame after his death.
About the Writer Dr. Fred Leeman (Leiden and Groningen Universities) was Chief Curator at the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from 1987 to 1997. He has published extensively on Van Gogh, Bernard, Cezanne, Mondrian, Redon and regularly curates and lectures in Europe and the US. He currently works as an independent Art Historian and Art Consultant. About the Narrator Academy Award (c) -winner Dame Helen Mirren is one of the best-known and most respected actresses of our time. Her 50-year international career spans the stage, screen and television, with scores of powerful and versatile performances that have won her numerous awards. She narrates the story of Vincent van Gogh's struggle for recognition, and the uneasy relationship he had with the notion of 'success' "I had a wonderful time discovering the true story of Van Gogh. He is the most famous artist in the world, but the story of his life is not so well known. It was a great experience for me to get to know him intimately and to begin to understand his unlikely and difficult journey to the recognition he now has."
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