Van Gogh: The Life

A new biography of the Dutch painter
Self portrait by Vincent Van Gogh
William Feaver reviews Van Gogh: The Life, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, that seeks to correct the myths and misconceptions surrounding the great painter: 'Time now, it's reasonable to expect, for an out-and-out corrective: a Van Gogh biography exhaustive enough to recalibrate everything ever written by or about him. In a 10-year venture, involving teams of researchers and translators from the Dutch, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have assembled what amounts to a companion volume to their thumping great 1989 Jackson Pollock: An American Saga – the same length (900 pages plus) and equally cumbersome in ambition.' [Read More]