This new publication in the Art masters series of SelfMadeHero’s catalogue blows a fresh take on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, his passion and yearning as well as sharing his loneliness, fits of anxiety and mental illnesses. Besides Vincent, his brother Theo, also plays a large role in the story who helps Vincent throughout, emotionally and as a financial benefactor to make his work possible. The child-like illustrations Barbara Stok has created are clever observations too, for all sorts of Vincent’s well-known drawings and paintings such as ‘Sunflowers’ have been ingeniously woven into the story. These Sunflowers were painted during the time Van Gogh rented a house in Arles in the South of France. He and Gauguin worked there together between October and December 1888, which is also where Van Gogh was said to have cut off his ear. To sum, this is a interesting read for anyone wanting to gain insight into the artists life.
‘the illness…is perhaps to man what ivy is to the oak’
Barbara Stok (born 24 February 1970, Groningen) is a Dutch cartoonist. She is the winner of the 2009 Stripschapprijs.