Although it’s a topic that hasn’t been at the forefront of Van Gogh scholarship, art critic Michael Glover claims that for Van Gogh “books were calls to action, lessons in life” that had a definite impact on his Work.
As proof Mr. Clover points to a recent book entitled Vincent’s Books: Van Gogh and the Writers Who Inspired Him by Mariella Guzzoni (Thames & Hudson; University of Chicago Press, 2020).
Evidently, Ms. Guzzoni documents “all those books he (Van Gogh) read, and when and why he did so. It also shows us the paintings in which books are a subject: his own paintings, and those by some of the painters to whom he was indebted.”
It sounds like a title that any serious Van Gogh fan needs for their collection.