Dear Vincent

Michael Bird, Ella Beech

Dear Vincent explores the art and life of Vincent van Gogh through the letters he exchanged with his brother Theo.

A touching look at Van Gogh's time in the south of France, and the support given to him by his brother Theo.

Vincent is fed up with life in the gray city, but things are about to change! With the support of his loving brother Theo, Vincent sets off on a journey to the sunny south. There he will discover new and inspiring places and make new friends. But will he be able to paint the picture of his dreams?

A heart-warming snapshot of a happy and creative period in Van Gogh's life, this story focuses on the bond between two brothers, and how Theo's support and encouragement helped Vincent to reach his full artistic potential.

Written by Michael Bird and illustrated by painter Ella Beech, Dear Vincent will immerse young readers in Van Gogh’s world and reveal his unique perspective as an artist.


Michael Bird


Michael Bird is a writer, broadcaster, and curator. He is the author of the bestselling children's history of art Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children's History of Art and his books for adults include This is Tomorrow: Twentieth-Century Britain and Its Artists; Artists' Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney; and 100 Ideas that Changed Art.

Ella Beech

Illustrated By

Ella Beech is an artist and illustrator based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She has a master's in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, was runner up in the Picture Hooks Competition 2021, and a finalist in the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrator's Exhibition. Ella has worked as a designer and art director in children's publishing, and has a degree in fine art painting from the Winchester School of Art.