Review: Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum

Starry Night Van Gogh at the Asylum

Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Author: Martin Bailey
Released: August 27th 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Starry Night through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Starry Night is the perfect book for those out there that have always been fascinating with both the painting it’s named after, as well as the artist himself; Van Gogh. It’s an illustrated novel covering the period of Van Gogh’s life that was spent at Saint-Remy, the asylum.

This novel included timelines, maps, and even went so far as to explain the events surrounding the paintings shown. This gave an amazing amount of context – not just to the paintings, but to the mindset of Van Gogh during those times.

I’ve been fascinated with Van Gogh for as long as I can remember, and yet Starry Night succeeded in putting the pieces together for me in ways other books never did. I don’t think I ever fully realized just how many of my favorite Van Gogh paintings were done while he was at Saint-Remy, nor was I ever aware of how close we came to losing some of them.

This was a wonderfully insightful book, and I strongly urge any fans of Van Gogh to take the time to read it. It is one thing to know (and list) the facts, but to have them laid out with context really enhanced the presentation of the book.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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