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The Society for All Artists
www.saa.co.uk
Founded in 1992 to inform, encourage and inspire all artists, the SAA has grown into an art organisation with thousands of members of every ability in 62 countries. They have over 600 art clubs and societies affiliated to them and offer a complete range of instruction, including live artists, books and videos plus a vast range of materials, paints, brushes and surfaces. Various membership levels are offered and Paint the SAA newsletter will help keep you painting.

The Vincent van Gogh Gallery
www.vangoghgallery.com
Extremely comprehensive van Gogh resource – includes his complete letters, his works, details of exhibitions and many other links. Run by David Brooks from Toronto, Ontario. David is the creator of the first (and only to his knowledge) online catalogue raisonné of an artist's work. His Vincent van Gogh Gallery is the result of nearly six years' work.

The van Gogh Museum
www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Website of the museum in Amsterdam, which contains the largest collection of van Gogh's paintings in the world.

Vangogh.com
www.vangogh.com
A community for fans with chat, message boards and more.

Van Gogh and Gauguin
www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/vangogh/slide_intro.html
Images of paintings from the Arles period coupled with excerpts from correspondence between the two painters, with candid remarks about their own canvases. They also refer to a number of works painted before and after the artists' time together. Organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Heike Stucke
www.heikestucke.com
Heike graduated from the Graduate School at CW Post, Long Island University with a Master in Art, with distinction, majoring in clinical psycho-art therapy. Her award-winning thesis on van Gogh has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Art Therapy, a refereed journal. The analysis includes van Gogh's traits, generic attitudes, experiences, struggles, ecstasies and torments in relation to his disease, art and pilgrimage towards wholeness.

Van Gogh 3D
www.vangogh3d.co.uk
Amazing 3D website, the work of Pete Clements, where you can enter van Gogh's House in Arles, climb the stairs and enter his bedroom and move around as if you were actually there.

Château d'Auvers
www.chateau-auvers.fr/version_angl/accueil2.html
Website of the Château d'Auvers, detailing the village close to Paris in which van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life. As well as the house you can visit the graves of both van Gogh and his brother Theo and the sites of several paintings.

Arles
www.tourisme.ville-arles.fr/UK/a4/a4.htm
Van Gogh stayed in Arles between February 1888 and May 1889, completing about 300 drawings and paintings including Starry Night and The Yellow House. This is the official site of Arles and gives details of the van Gogh walking tour as well as the museums in the town.

Time Traveller's Guide to Victorian Britain
Part of the Channel 4 history site – find out more about the Britain van Gogh experienced.

The Brixton Society
www.brixtonsociety.org.uk/trailfour.htm
This link takes you to a walking trail which takes you past Vincent van Gogh's lodgings.

Books

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Lust for Life by Irving Stone (Arrow, 2001)
Skillfully captures the exciting atmosphere of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs with great insight the development of van Gogh's art. The painter is brought to life not only as an artist but as a personality and this account of his violent, vivid and tormented life is a novel of rare compassion and vitality. Although over 60 years old, some consider this perhaps the definitive biography of van Gogh.
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Van Gogh: The complete paintings by Ingo F Walther and Rainer Metzger (Taschen Jumbo Series, 1994)
With most of van Gogh's reproductions in colour and in chronological order, The Complete Paintings is an indispensable catalogue of his work. The book is both ideal for research and for general reading, giving information on type of paint, size of canvas and details of where the paintings can be found.
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The Letters by Vincent van Gogh, Ronald de Leeuw (editor), Arnold Pomerans (translator) (Penguin Classics, 1997)
This selection of letters by Vincent van Gogh helps to elucidate not only the creative processes involved in his painting, but also the tortured soul that lay behind the genius. Covering the years 1872-1890, from his time as an employee of the art gallery of Goupil in The Hague, to his final tragic months in Auvers-sur-Oise.
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1000 Symbols: What shapes mean in art and myth by Rupert Shepherd, Rowena Shepherd and Rachel Kennedy (Thames & Hudson, 2002)
Whether you are baffled by the relevance of the winged staff held by Mercury in a classical painting, or wonder why the Hebrew menorah has seven branches, this comprehensive reference dictionary will give you the information you're looking for, and place the explanation in both its historical and cultural contexts.
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Germinal by Emile Zola (Penguin Books, 2004)
Written to draw attention to the misery prevailing among the poor in France during the Second Empire, this novel depicts the grim struggle between capital and labour in a coalfield in northern France. Van Gogh ministered here.
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Van Gogh in England: Portrait of the artist as a young man edited by Martin Bailey and Deborah Silverman (Lund Humphries, 1992)
Examines the influence of the British art scene on van Gogh's future work as an artist. More broadly, it sets out to show how the experience of Victorian Britain, its people and literature, was to have a formative influence on his personal mission and outlook.
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Handbook for the Visual Arts by Joshua Charles Taylor (The University of Chicago Press, 1957)
An illustrated beginner's guide to the visual arts examines specific art works, studies expression and construction of art, and discusses creative and technical processes of art.
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The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan with introduction by Roger Lundin (Signet Classics 2002)
Much loved by van Gogh, this enormously influential 17th-century classic is universally known for its simplicity, vigour, and beauty of language, and has become one of the most widely read books in English.
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Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis (Hodder & Stoughton Religious Division, 1997)
Another huge influence on van Gogh. In the author's eyes, the secret of all excellence was humility, both towards God and other humans, and this principle forms the main theme of this book. A practical book which faces the temptations and difficulties of daily life but also describes the joys found on the way.
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At Eternity's Gate: The spiritual vision of Vincent van Gogh by Dr Kathleen Powers Erickson (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing, 1998)
This book presents van Gogh's life and artistic development in terms of his spirituality. The author bases most of her insights on his voluminous correspondence. Chief among them is the finding that van Gogh was not schizophrenic but rather suffered from a psychological disorder resulting from a form of epilepsy.
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Art and Visual Perception: A psychology of the creative eye by Rudolf Arnheim (University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton, 1974)
Gestalt theory and the psychology of visual perception form the basis for an analysis of art and its basic elements.
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Stranger on the Earth: A psychological biography of Vincent van Gogh by Albert J Lubin (Da Capo Press, 1996)
In this in-depth study of the relationship between van Gogh's psychological development and his art, Albert J Lubin, clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a practising psychoanalyst, draws on the tremendous wealth of information available about van Gogh to explore his personal conflicts in the context of the forces that moulded him: familial, historical, cultural, religious, artistic and literary.
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Credits

Produced to accompany Vincent – The Full Story, a ZCZ production, first shown on Channel 4 in May 2004.

Managing editor: Kiminder Bedi
Project manager: Mandy Richards
Writer: Danny Lee
Website editor: Gill Rastall
Design: Alan Outten
Resources: Jill Crouch
Pictures: © The van Gogh Museum and Danny Lee (The Brixton Walks)

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