Vincent van Gogh's short, passionate life was driven byan almost unimaginable creative energy that eventuallyoverwhelmed him.
The outlines of his story - the earlystrivings in Holland and Paris, the revelatory impact of themove to Provence, the attacks of madness that led ineluctablyto his suicide - are almost as familiar as the paintings.
Yet it ismore than possible that neither the paintings nor Van Gogh'sstory would have survived at all if it had not been for hisremarkable sister in law, Jo van Gogh-Bonger. After Vincent's death and that of her husband, his brotherTheo, Jo devoted her life to preserving and exhibiting thepaintings, and editing the letters.
It is in her short andunaccountably neglected biography that we can come closestto Vincent the man.