All the letters written and received by Vincent van Gogh are presented in this web edition: 902 letters and 25 'Related Manuscripts' (such as loose sheets and unsent drafts of letters). They can also be accessed by period, correspondent and place, or by selecting those containing sketches . The site can be searched using its simple or advanced search functions.
The website also contains essays by the editors about Van Gogh and his letters, detailing their content and context, the artist's writing style and relation to his correspondents, as well as biographical information about him and his family and the publication history of the letters .
The working method is explained in 'About this edition' . The extensive chronology and the section entitled 'Documentation' (under 'Concordance, lists, bibliography' ) set the letters within a broader context. 'Documentation' also contains excerpts from letters by members of the Van Gogh family and others, as well as important documents that clarify aspects of Van Gogh's correspondence.
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