The letters written by Vincent Van Gogh have appeared many times before, but this is the first time they have appeared as part of a complete digital edition. This fascinating collection was created by the Van Gogh Museum and the Huygens Institute, and the letters were edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nineke Bakker. On the site, visitors can view 902 letters from and to Van Gogh, complete with detailed annotations and illustrations from the master himself. First-time visitors should definitely click on the “Quick Guide” to get an overview of the site’s holdings, and then they should also take a look at the sections “Van Gogh as a letter-writer”, “Correspondents”, “Biographical & historical context”, and “Publication History”. The letters include those from many of his contemporaries, including Paul Gauguin, and of course, those lovely pieces of writing from his brother, Theo. Users can also use the search engine here to look around by keyword. Finally, visitors can also look through the “About this Edition” area to learn about the reading texts included here, the translations, and the annotations.
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