Vincent van Gogh’s paintings have established records for the amount of money they sold for when they were auctioned and exhibitions of his work always attract large crowds. Yet Van Gogh was also one of the world’s most tormented artists. He took his own life before he reached the age of forty.

  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane
  • Series: Profiles in U.S. History
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Age Level: 8-13
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Offers well-documented information for teens doing reports…covers the painter’s childhood, training, travels, influences, and historical context. The chronological chapters build a survey of the artist’s oeuvre, including the style and subject matter of his works and past and present critical reaction. The introductory chapter is designed to draw readers in with an anecdote, the sale of Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” for $82.5 million in 1990 and its subsequent disappearance. One-page “FYI” sections offer expanded coverage of selected topics. To his credit, Whiting defines subject-specific terms in context, provides pronunciation tips, and explains potentially unfamiliar events or people. (School Library Journal)

This book is among the best children’s biography books I’ve read about Van Gogh. (Goodreads)