Vincent

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March 2014

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“Stok has drawn an emotional, informative, and inspirational biography for artists and art lovers everywhere. Fantastic.” – Library Journal

The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh continues to serve as a source of inspiration for many people. In this graphic novel, artist and writer Barbara Stok takes the reader on a journey to the brief and intense period of time that the painter spent in the south of France.

Vincent dreams of setting up an artists’ house in Arles for himself and his friends. However, his attacks of mental illness confuse and disorient him, culminating in the notorious incident with his ear and leaving his dreams shattered. Throughout all of this, Vincent’s brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support.

Van Gogh was passionate about his art. His ideas about success, setbacks and how to create a meaningful life provide an interesting counterpoint to our age of individualism and commercialism. Stok has succeeded in turning the experiences of this 19th-century artist into a story that is relevant to our own times.

“Stylistically, Stok is faultless... [Her] book leaves us aware of a small breath of fresh air blown into the worlds of art history”
Times Literary Supplement

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Broken Frontier

•Comic book website

“Barbara Stok’s exploration of the artist is merely a brief snapshot into a troubled and chaotic life, but it’s more than enough to give its reader a clearer understanding of the drive and passion behind some of the most influential and admired works of all time, and hopefully to enhance their enjoyment of those paintings. Behind every work of art is a human being trying to make sense of the world and what they see in it.”

Creative Review

•Design and culture magazine

“[A] moving graphic novel … There's a kind of wide-eyed simplicity to Stok's drawings – all block colours and thick lines – and the stunning landscapes of corn fields which inspired Van Gogh's later works are given the same treatment.”

The Guardian

•UK national newspaper

“Stok does a brilliant, sympathetic job of picturing the artist.”