Format:
Book
Author:
Title:
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Godwin Books / Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
©2017
Description:
454 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
"The true story of the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh"-- Provided by publisher.
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Heiligman draws on the letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime to weave a tale of two lives intertwined as Theo supported Vincent's struggles to find his path in life.
Target Audience Note:
Young Adult.
Subjects:
Genre:
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [428]-446) and index.
Contents:
Threshold -- Entresol: A glimpse into the future -- Beginnings (1852-1872) -- Dangers (1873-1875) -- Missteps, stumbles (1875-1879) -- Fissures (1879-1890) -- The quest (1880-1882) -- Storms (1882-1883) -- Endings and beginnings (1884-1885) -- An expanded palette (1885-1887) -- Bonds (1887-1888) -- Passions (1888) -- Abundances (1888-1889) -- Futures (1890) -- A sense of the finite (1890) -- Remains (1890-1891) -- Exit -- People -- Vincent and Theo's journey.
LCCN:
2016009017
ISBN:
9780805093391
0805093397
Other Number:
940282112
System Availability:
2
Current Holds:
0
Control Number:
357068
Call Number:
YA 759.9 Hel
Course Reserves:
0
# System items in:
2
Where is it?
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Trade Reviews

  Publishers Weekly Review

As teenagers, the Van Gogh brothers, Vincent and Theo, pledged to "be companions in the search for meaning in life and meaning in art." In this intensive exploration of their turbulent lives, Heiligman (Charles and Emma) focuses on their complex relationship and anchoring mutual bond. Writing in present tense, she follows them from their childhood closeness as two of six children of a Protestant pastor in the heavily Catholic Dutch village of Zundert into their contrasting adulthoods in France: painter Vincent's life was precarious and erratic, while art dealer Theo's was more stable and decorous, if often lonely. Heiligman tells the brothers' story in short chapters, sometimes just scenes, and occasionally offers what she calls "croquis" (sketches) to give a better sense of "someone whose whole being cannot be captured on paper in one steady view. Like Theo." She also recounts, in exhaustive detail, Vincent's frequent cycles of descent into mental illness and subsequent rebounds, as well as the way the brothers alternately clashed with and clung to each other. Extensive back matter includes a character list, timeline, bibliography, endnotes, and author's note. Ages 14-up. Agent: Susan Ginsberg, Writers House. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Vincent van Gogh is perhaps one of the best-known artists today, but it's likely he wouldn't be nearly as famous had it not been for his brother Theo, an art dealer who supported his troubled brother and championed his paintings until his own untimely death, only months after Vincent's. While each brother had a pivotal career in his own right, Heiligman (Charles and Emma, 2009) plumbs their correspondence, both to each other and beyond, and zeroes in on their relationship, which was fraught with a brotherly combination of competition, frustration, and, ultimately, adoration. Structured as a sort of gallery of key moments in the brothers' lives, the book covers their childhood and the influence of their tight-knit family; Vincent's peripatetic, sometimes scandalous pursuit of a vocation; Theo's dogged commitment to not only his own career but cultivating Vincent's; and their ultimate demises, both of which are heartbreaking in their own ways. In fittingly painterly language, Heiligman offers vivid descriptions of Vincent's artwork and life, which grow more detailed and colorful as Vincent's own artistic style becomes richer and more refined, particularly during the intense, almost manic flurry of work he produced in his last few years. This illuminating glimpse into the Van Goghs' turbulent lives and historical period will add compelling depth to readers' understanding of the iconic painter. Art-­loving teens will be captivated.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist
Summary
<p> Printz Honor Book * YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner * Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner * SCBWI Golden Kite Winner * Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award Winner </p> <p>From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love.</p> <p>The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend--Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.</p>
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