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The Van Gogh Sisters


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1. It was terrible. I shall never forget that night: Nuenen, 1885 * 2. Undisturbed Married Felicity: The Hague, Breda and Zundert, 1851 and earlier * 3. The Land of Desire: Zundert, 1851-1871 * 4. Young Mistresses: Helvoirt, Leeuwarden, Tiel, 1871-1875 * 5. Cottages Covered in Ivy: London, Welwyn, 1873-1877 * 6. Quiet at Home: Etten, Tiel, Dordrecht, Soesterberg, 's-Hertogenbosch, 1875-1882 * 7. Memories of the Garden: Etten, Hengelo, Leiderdorp, 1876-1877 * 8. Great and Holy in his Final Rest: Nuenen, Leiderdorp, Soesterberg, 1882-1886 * 9. My Greatest Ambition is to Write Something Original: Soesterberg, Elburg, Breda, Middelharnis, Amsterdam, Paris, 1885-1888 * 10. All Such a Dreadful Muddl: Breda, Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, Soesterberg, 1886-1889 * 11. I Just Can't Imagine You in Paris: Soesterberg, Leiden, Paris 1889-1890 * 12. Dear Sister, Dear Vincent: Paris, Leiden, Arles, Auvers-sur-Oise 1888-1890 * 13. Oh, Mother, He Was So Truly My Brother: Paris, Leiden, Auvers-sur-Oise, Utrecht 1890-1891 * 14. The Poison of Impropriety: Nijmegen, The Hague, 1893-1898 * 15. Such Momentous Times! Leiden, Dieren, Baarn, Ermelo-Veldwijk, 1900-1920 * 16. Poetry as Clear as a Brook: Baarn, Ermelo-Veldwijk, 1920-1934 * 17. The Last Years: Amsterdam, Baarn, Dieren, Ermelo-Veldwijk, 1925-1941

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The previously neglected voices of Van Gogh's sisters are revealed in this perceptive, unprecedented biography

About the Author

Willem-Jan Verlinden was born in the Netherlands and studied art history in Leiden. He has worked for a number of museums and art foundations and is the co-author, with Kristine Gorenhart, of How I Love London: Walking Through Vincent Van Gogh's London.


'In 'The Van Gogh Sisters' we see Van Gogh's story through the eyes and voices of the young women in his family circle. Their distinctive perspective offers valuable insights into Van Gogh's values and family life and enables the sisters to step forward in their own right' - Carol Jacobi, Curator, Tate
'An interior look at the sisters' challenges and desires ... compelling and intimate' - Hyperallergic

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