Tragic ending to cursed collaboration

The Yellow House, by Martin Gayford, Penguin, €27.70.

22nd April, 2006

The Yellow House, by Martin Gayford, Penguin, €27.70.

The most productive pressure cooker in art history is the setting for The Yellow House, Martin Gayford’s tale of the nine turbulent weeks Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin spent in a small house in Arles. The collaboration ended in tragedy, but it produced some of the 19th century’s greatest masterpieces.

The grand plan was Van Gogh’s: he and Gauguin under the same...

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