Biographies & Memoirs

Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor book by the ALA. This is the enthralling biography of the nineteenth-century Dutch painter known for pioneering new techniques and styles in masterpieces such as Starry Night and Vase with Sunflowers. The book cites detailed primary sources and includes a glossary of artists and terms, a biographical time line, notes, a bibliography, and locations of museums that display Van Gogh’s work. It also features a sixteen-page insert with family photographs and full-color reproductions of many of Van Gogh’s paintings. Vincent Van Gogh was named an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 6–8, Historical/Social Studies) in Appendix B.


Chapter 1. A Brabant Boy, 1853-75

Chapter 2. Vincent in England, 1876-77

Chapter 3. The Missionary, 1879-80

Chapter 4. In Love, 1881-83

Chapter 5. Vincent the Dog, 1883-85

Chapter 6. A Country Bumpkin in Paris, 1886-87

Chapter 7. Vincent and Friends, 1887-88

Chapter 8. Vincent in Arles, 1888-89

Chapter 9. Arles: “A High Yellow Note,” 1888-89

Chapter 10. St.-Rémy: The Asylum, 1889-90

Chapter 11. Auvers-sur-Oise: The Last Refuge, 1890


Biographical Time Line

Glossary of Artists and Terms



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