Free teaching manual comprising lesson plans about Van Gogh’s letters, available in English, Dutch, French and German.
Vincent van Gogh was a passionate letter writer. Of the countless letters he wrote to his friends and family more than 800 have been preserved, as well as approximately 80 that he received. This correspondence allows us to follow not only the fascinating story of Van Gogh’s tumultuous life, but also his development as an artist.
The free teaching manual Van Gogh’s letters: The artist speaks comprises several suggestions for lessons based on Van Gogh’s letters. Background information on the artist and practical information for a museum visit can be found at the end. The manual is available for free download in English, Dutch, French and German.
- Programme description in English (pdf, 1.3 mb)
- Programme description in Dutch (pdf, 1.3 mb)
- Programme description in French (pdf, 1.3 mb)
- Programme description in German (pdf, 1.3 mb)
Van Gogh’s letters online
All of Vincent van Gogh’s letters can be found on www.vangoghletters.org. The letters can be read in their original language: Dutch, French and to a much lesser extent, English. Each letter is accompanied by an English translation and images of the original alongside illustrations of artworks mentioned by Van Gogh – created both by himself and other artists.
'There are so many people, especially among our pals, who imagine that words are nothing. On the contrary, don’t you think, it’s as interesting and as difficult to say a thing well as to paint a thing.'
Vincent van Gogh to Emile Bernard, 19 April 1888
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