The Drawings of Vincent van Gogh



ISBN: 9780500025321 Category:

Christopher Lloyd


A compelling and authoritative overview of the drawings of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most celebrated and intriguing figures in the history of art.

Vincent van Gogh’s (1853-1890) drawings are some of the most familiar and expressive in the history of art. Van Gogh believed that drawing was the ‘root of everything’, and this was reflected in his remarkable output of over 1,000 works during his short and tragic life; many of them personal, often lonely explorations of the emerging modern world.

This book is the first comprehensive account to celebrate the singularity of the artist’s achievements in this field. Arranged broadly thematically, from drawings of potato harvesters to depictions of knotted poplars, pensive studies from life to a sketch of the famous Yellow House in Arles, eminent art historian and curator Christopher Lloyd encourages readers to consider the artist’s drawings from a fresh viewpoint: documenting successes and failures, experiments, trials and disappointments. Primarily self-taught, Van Gogh’s approach to drawing was instinctual, but he soon recognized the importance of mastering the grammar of art – anatomy, foreshortening, perspective – as well as materials and techniques, in order to express his emotional responses to a subject as vividly as possible. With examples from the artist’s voluminous and emotionally charged family correspondence, sketchbooks, and comparative artworks by the Old Masters and contemporaries, this engaging study outlines why drawing is central to Van Gogh’s oeuvre, and equal to the intensity and reputation of his paintings.

Featuring works from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and many other important collections in Europe and the US, this beautifully illustrated volume offers an extensive interpretation of the artist’s drawings, beyond what has been published to date.

Additional information

Weight 1042 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 19 October 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.2 x 25.4 cm
Weight 1042 g


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Christopher Lloyd is an art historian and curator. He was Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures in the British Royal Collection from 1988 to 2005, and is the author of Edgar Degas: Drawings and (2014), Paul Cézanne: Drawings and Watercolours (2015), Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawings (2019) and Masterpieces: An Art Lover's Guide to Great Britain and Ireland (2022), all published by Thames & Hudson. His many other publications include art monographs, official catalogues of museum collections and general surveys of the British Royal Collection.