Killian Davis asks which authors Van Gogh liked to read. Have a look at the answer.
Van Gogh was an avid reader. He used literature and art to discover and define himself. It’s perhaps unsurprising that he regularly quotes books and authors in his letters.
Reading was a formative activity for Vincent and as such, the books he read provide a general reflection of his life. For example, he read religious books when he planned to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a minister, and when he decided to move to the French capital, he devoured Parisian novels.
Van Gogh favoured a direct, masculine writing style. He liked uncomplicated storylines and rebellious characters, books about day-to-day life and humanity.
Van Gogh greatly admired authors such as Beecher Stowe, Dickens and Hugo, and often quoted their work. He also often encouraged Theo to read certain books or asked him to post them to him.