Paul Gauguin is one of my favorite painters (and the inspiration for the name of my blog). I love his compositional style, the colors he used and the primitive quality of many of his paintings. So I was pleased to discover the book The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence by Martin Gayford, and read it last month.
For a nine-week period during the last year of Vincent Van Gogh’s life, Gauguin and Van Gogh shared a house in Arles, France. Their time together culminated in Van Gogh's famous ear-cutting incident. The author reconstructs their experience through the artists' correspondence, “the formal analysis and comparison of the paintings they created during this period, and through newspapers that place the work in the context of the contemporary art world, popular literature, and current events.”
Although the writing is somewhat dry at times, I found it a fascinating read overall.