le 17 novembre 2013
This is a long book. I read it on Kindle and kept going mostly because I was amazed at how negative the authors were about Van Gogh. I was convinced their attitude would surely change at some point...Without mentioning his bi-polar state and even glossing over his major use of Absinthe, his syphilis, they wrote on and on about Van Gogh's demanding personality, his grasping ways, his constant demand for money from his brother, making it appear that he was just a slacker, unwilling to live by the rules in a conventional, capitalist world. This was very hard to swallow, plus their interpretation of the brothers' relationship: which made Theo into a reluctant sibling, dragged along almost solely by guilt and duty. But finally, the last 100 pages, the authors write some lyrical passages about his final paintings which I enjoyed. And their theory about his possible homicide, not suicide, makes sense.