Van Gogh in Popular Culture

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About the Book

Vincent van Gogh continues to fascinate more than a century after his death in 1890. Yet how much of what is commonly known about this world-renowned artist is accurate? Though he left thousands of works and a trove of letters, the definitive Van Gogh remains elusive. Was he a madman who painted his greatest pieces in a passionate fury or a lifelong student of art, literature and science who carefully planned each composition? Was he a loner dedicated only to his craft or an active collaborator with his contemporaries? Why is he best known for self-mutilation and “The Starry Night”?
This book has biographers, scriptwriters, lyricists, actors, museum curators and tour guides, among others, presenting diverse interpretations of his life and work, creating a mythic persona that may, in fact, help us in the search for the real Van Gogh.

About the Author(s)

Lynnette Porter is a professor in the Humanities and Communication Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and has written extensively on television and film.

Bibliographic Details

Lynnette Porter
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9442-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2376-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments viii

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1. Van Gogh in Print 13

2. Van Gogh in Museums, Galleries and Art Institutes 52

3. Van Gogh in the Theater 74

4. Van Gogh on Film 110

5. Van Gogh on Television 135

6. Van Gogh in Music 156

7. Van Gogh Online 172

8. Continuing Fascination with Vincent 199

Bibliography 217

Index 229

Book Reviews & Awards

“offers chapters on the artist and print media, museums and galleries, the theater world, films, television, music, and online formats. In a sense, each of these cultural areas shed varied light on the artist’s sometimes-tortured life”—Communications Booknotes Quarterly.