Vincent by Barbara Stok

VincentI’d never before encountered a non-fiction biographical graphic novel, although I now gather this author is known for them.

The graphic novel format works brilliantly to portray the artist’s state of mind as he works for hours each day on paintings only later recognised to be masterpieces.

It is worth noting that the simple style of the drawings could mislead one to assume it’s suitable for children-but I would hesitate to share this book with a child. There are frequent references to sex and prostitution; but more than that the very visceral sadness and distress of Van Gogh is so strongly portrayed that it can be a challenging read. Don’t let that put you off as an adult though.

Overall a brilliantly touching and original look at a subject so many have already covered. Strongly recommended.

Elena

Reserve a copy of Vincent or read a fascinating interview with the author

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