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van Gogh's Letters, Unabridged and Annotated

Brought to us by WebExhibits, a public/private collaboration that creates educational websites on the arts and sciences, van Gogh's Letters presents digitized versions of letters written by and to the artist Vincent van Gogh between 1872 and 1890. The resource includes "Over 16,000 searchable words, 62 index topics, 1284 topic citations, and 1223 artwork citations." Most of the letters were published in print in "The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh", 1991, edited by Robert Harrison. Browseable topics are Art, Attitude, Business, Fear, Feelings, Food-and-drink, Health, Lifestyle, Psychology and Theo, all with sub-topics beneath. Psychology, for example, includes hallucinations, nightmares, insomnia. Keyword searches work nicely: a search on "starry" returned 22 letters. Individual letters display with thumbnails of associated paintings, that can be enlarged, and annotations with dates, writer and recipient, translator, and number from "The Complete Letters ..." For example, in a letter Vincent wrote to his brother Theo dated September 3, 1888, #531, the painter says the poet gave him two sittings that day, so he has completed a first sketch for his Portrait of Eugene Boch, displayed alongside the letter.
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Date of Scout Publication 2004-09-24
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