Jennifer Reese
November 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Yellow House

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Martin Gayford
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Nonfiction, Biography

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As Martin Gayford reveals in the biography The Yellow House, Vincent van Gogh was a housemate from hell: unstable, belligerent, hard-drinking, and clingy. But he was also a genius, and for the nine weeks that he and Paul Gauguin shared a home in the French town of Arles, the subject of Gayford’s marvelous new study, the pair cooked together, talked, argued violently, and made astonishing art. (Only after van Gogh amputated his own ear in December 1888 did Gauguin finally call it a day.) Gayford grounds his account in the painters’ mundane daily routines but also offers fascinating interpretations of the work that came out of the short, stormy conjunction of their lives.

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