Steven Naifeh: "Van Gogh: The Life"

Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field With Crows.  - From Steven Naifeh and Gregory White's "Van Gogh: The Life." Courtesy of Random House.

Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field With Crows.

From Steven Naifeh and Gregory White's "Van Gogh: The Life." Courtesy of Random House.

Steven Naifeh: "Van Gogh: The Life"

Nineteenth-century artist Vincent van Gogh is remembered for his madness as much as his art. The authors of a new biography offer fresh perspectives on both.

The great 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh is known for sunflowers and cypress trees, self-portraits and starry nights. He was also known for his tormented soul. He suffered from mental illness. He never sold a painting during his life. And his death at age 37 is long thought to have been suicide. Now, in the first major biography of the Dutch artist in years, one of the author offer compelling evidence the gunshot wound that killed van Gogh was not self-inflicted. A discussion of the mystery of van Gogh's death and the magic of his art.

Guests

Steven Naifeh

co-author of "Van Gogh: The Life" and "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography; he has a master's in art history from Harvard University.

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