LITERAL – looking for a book for this Sunday, oh yeah that one. But then I saw another one.
Oh no, this one! Ended up with not know which to choose, so here they are,
two of my rows of most of my cherished art books. A mix of biographies and how-to books.
One Word Sunday


These two books are noteworthy in their approach  showing  the life of the artist.

Essays by Lynes, Phillips, and Woodward
Beyond the popular notions of each of these two, who were friends,
a painter and a photographer.  Most people only know one side of
Georgia O’Keefe: her success. Here are the more sad and lonely parts of her life.
She is an icon in art, but could not go beyond her time in the role of a woman
and allowed herself to be emotionally abused by her head hunter- utterly sad (my opinion).
Have seen oodles of Ansel Adam’s work, because having been so many times
in Yosemite Nat. Park’s bookstore.



This was an eye opening book of Anna Suh, because it showed actual pics of part of his letters. Because I read Dutch (my language of origin), I could see how things in translation got lost or misinterpreted (like google does!), and he ends up being this weird person.
It revealed that Vincent was a very intense and compassionate person.
One example: he wanted to marry a prostitute, so she didn’t have to sell her body. His father, a pastor,  threw him out of his church for that idea.
At that time there were no psychologists yet for him to learn how to deal adequately with his depression.Included, they probably thought he was also delusional, not recognizing his genius (no, not in science like Einstein, but when one is so far ahead of his time that next 2 centuries his groundbreaking work in painting light  is still so popular, I would also call a genius).


About 40 min. from where I live. Am reposting this view from last week, since I did not link to Sunday Tree

8 Comments Add yours

  1. My ancestor from my Mother’s Father’s side came to the US from the Netherlands a place called Brocke, Gelderland Netherlands in 1609 or 10 with Henry Hudson. Lately I’ve been interested in learning more about that heritage. One day if I ever master French I may take up Dutch.

    Van Gogh’s life seems so sad of what I know about it which isn’t much, but I do love his work from his time in France.

    Happy reading!

  2. jesh stg says:

    The ck in the last name is old Dutch. You know we lived in Gelderland?, right before we came to the US in the 80ties. In Ede, about 45 min. from Arnhem, close to the German border.
    From his letters, he is not a sad person, but very passionate. He seemed a typical Dutch person, but way ahead of his time. He wrote to his brother Theo about any little discovery he made in colors, etc.

  3. Kelleyn says:

    The Ireland post go about 7 post to start with C.S. Lewis. We drove! Staying on a farm not to far from Einhoven in the a small village,

  4. Angie says:

    Love the last shot … rolling green hillsides with trees stop my heart!

  5. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great choice for the theme Jesh.
    I like seeing them together – there were a few of his photos in a tremendous O’Keefe exhibition at the Tate Modern in London last year.

  6. Jackie says:

    I love Georgia O’Keeffe. have been to the museum in Santa Fe. An exhibit of hers was here in Toronto last year and I went and then attended two yoga classes at the museum where we meditated oh her work.
    Ansel Adams is an inspiration. I have seen many of his works including at the Eastman Museum in Rochester.
    Recently watched and loved Loving Vincent.

  7. Both books look interesting, Jesh. I could have used books for literal, too, but went in a different direction. I just wish I had shelves for all my books. Many are in boxes in the basement. Hopefully when we retire we’ll have a room that can be a library.


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