The Artist and Me

The Artist and Me

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
An introduction to the life of genius Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh is presented in the format of a bully's confessional that reveals how the artist was tormented for his eccentric nature and how the narrator's perspectives were changed after learning from van Gogh that there are different ways of seeing the world.

Perseus Publishing
Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-Impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.

Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.

Artwork in the book uses vibrant color and texture to bring the laneways, cafés, and wheat fields of southern France to life while playing on scenes from van Gogh’s own work. The lyrical text carries the emotional weight of the subject and will leave readers with the understanding that everyone’s point of view is valuable.

Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781771471381
Branch Call Number: STO JP Peaco
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Casson, Sophie


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Feb 23, 2018

Gorgeous, bold illustrations, with a powerful story. The Authors Note is a must-read at the back!

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