The Van Gogh Museum is celebrating 15 years of research into the artist’s written correspondence with the release of Vincent van Gogh – The Letters: The Complete Illustrated Edition, a six-volume collection containing 900 letters. The letters describe, among other things, Van Gogh’s close bond with his brother Theo; his sometimes troubled friendships; his need for recognition; and, above all, his passion for art and literature. “This is not a diary,” emphasizes Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum, “but you can get to Van Gogh’s mind and thoughts. It’s the closest you can get to the artist.”
Van Gogh images provided by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.