With tickets for the new Vincent van Gogh Immersive experience, to be held in New York City June through September, selling like the proverbial hotcakes, we thought we’d whet your appetite with an upcoming book from Thames & Hudson. It’s Willem-Jan Verlinden’s “The Van Gogh Sisters” (April 20, $39.95, 270 pages).
Translated by Yvette Rosenberg and Brendan Monaghan and illustrated with archival images and Van Gogh’s works, the book tells the story of three women whose dreams and struggles mirrored their brother’s own.
Anna worked as a governess in England as a young woman before marrying a Dutch industrialist. An argument with her, in the aftermath of their father’s death, provoked Vincent to leave the Netherlands and never return. Lies fell into poverty in spite of her literary aspirations and was forced to sell many of her brother’s paintings. Wil, his favorite, was an active participant in the emerging feminist movement and an art enthusiast. She shared Vincent’s struggles with mental health and was institutionalized for the second half of her life.
It’s the little-known story of three women, interesting and accomplished in their own rights, who added their own ways to the Van Gogh legacy.
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