The Yellow House
Vincent Van Gogh was greatly influenced by a number of artists but none more than Paul Gauguin. The Yellow House provides the foundation of Vincent's biography leading up to the nine weeks he spent in Provence with Gauguin. Vincent was so inspired by the light, colors and culture of Southern France that he begged Gauguin to join him there. The two artists lived and worked together in the yellow house until Vincent suffered a complete mental collapse. The Yellow House vividly illustrates the intensity of Van Gogh's artistic vision, his insanity and his relationship with Gauguin in a way that I have not seen in other books about him. Gayford also poses some interesting questions about the connection between mental illness and creativity. Proposing that, had Vincent Van Gogh benefited from modern psychiatry, he may not have produced anything of value.