New Book Explores the Exceptional Life and Loves of Vincent Van Gogh

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B. Ione Mutchler's ‘The Passions of Vincent van Gogh’ is a humanistic portrayal of a deeply disturbed individual who was also an artistic genius.

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These passions illuminated his work as an artist, but also led to his many disappointments in life.

Vincent van Gogh led a traumatic, relatively short life, filled with frustrating conflicts and disappointing love affairs. When he found his true calling as an artist, with the financial support of his brother Theo, stumbling blocks continued to plague him. However, regardless of disappointing love affairs and time spent in an asylum, he succeeded in producing his numerous and amazingly unique and appealing works of art during his relatively short life span of 37 years.

“The Passions of Vincent van Gogh” portrays the dramatic struggle of Vincent van Gogh to realize his potential as an artist while seeking fulfillment in his personal life. Many readers are familiar with van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, and those who have read accounts of his life or seen movies such as “Lust for Life” are aware of some aspects of his turbulent life. But it is not the most dramatic biographical facts in the life of Vincent van Gogh that defines the man. By including the loves in his life, this book presents a humanistic portrayal of a sometimes deeply disturbed individual who was also an artistic genius.

Vincent van Gogh’s life was driven by passions, from the religious to the romantic. These passions illuminated his work as an artist, but also led to his many disappointments in life. Whether attempting to be a missionary, falling in love with his cousin, sheltering a prostitute and her children, proposing to his neighbor’s spinster daughter or establishing an art colony with Paul Gauguin failure haunted him. Although his uniquely vibrant colors and dramatic brushstrokes redefined impressionist painting, success eluded him. Only after his tragic death was his artwork finally recognized for its intensity, appeal, and enduring impact.

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About the Author
B. Ione Mutchler Ph. D., an artist and former college art and art history teacher, has exhibited her paintings in the states of Washington, California, New York and Florida and continues to paint in acrylic and watercolor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Universoty of Washington, her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University. Her Ph. D degree, after a year spent in the doctoral progrma at Berkley in California, was completed at the University of Maryland. She studied art at both the Art Student’s League and the New School for Social Research in New York City, and taught art and art history on the college level in both Maryland and Florida.

The Passions of Vincent van Gogh* by B. Ione Mutchler Ph. D.
Publication Date: April 16, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 262 pages; 9781493198924
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 262 pages; 9781493198917
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