Vincent van Gogh A Life in Letters

Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten

A remarkable selection covering all aspects of Vincent van Gogh’s life and offering valuable new insights into the creative process behind his many famous works.

This captivating collection of Vincent van Gogh’s letters opens a window into the mind of one of history’s greatest artists. Giving rare insight into his complicated relationships with family, friends, and other fellow artists, the letters describe his personal doubts, fears, and above all his overriding passion for his art. Introductions by the letters editors from the Van Gogh Museum highlight the most recent discoveries and theories surrounding Van Gogh’s work and personal history. Illustrated with original manuscript letters, sketches, paintings, and photographs of correspondents, this book brings Van Gogh’s story and work to life.

Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters is a valuable personal introduction to the artist’s life and work, with illuminating commentaries by experts on the subject.


A beautifully produced selection…of [van Gogh's] surviving letters… It is the enormous popularity of van Gogh's art that fuels our desire for a connection with the man, a man who still speaks so eloquently in these letters.

— The Washington Post


Nienke Bakker


Nienke Bakker is senior curator at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Leo Jansen


Leo Jansen is Curator of Paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Hans Luijten


Hans Luijten is Curator of Research at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.