Today is Vincent van Gogh’s birthday. I have loved his amazing artwork for just about as long as I can remember. I think Starry Night was the very first poster I hung in my college dorm. The more I learn about van Gogh the more I deeply respect him and the struggles he must have endured in his 37 years of life. To learn more check out this link to TED-Ed . I wanted to celebrate this incredibly talented artist by sharing some of his words and some books that you can share with your petites.
“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly colored than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”
There are some really amazing books out there to help showcase the amazing talents and work of Vincent van Gogh. Here are just a few that showcase who van Gogh was as well as show some of his most popular pieces. These books are the perfect introduction to one of the most famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painters.
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children) this book is lovely and all about Van Gogh and his inspiration and interactions that lead to some of his most famous pieces.
In the Garden with Van Gogh, this board book is perfect for the smallest of art lovers.
Van Gogh: Explore Vincent van Gogh’s Life and Art, and the Influences That Shaped His Work (DK Eyewitness Books) ideal for older petites, packed full of information about van Gogh.
Vincent’s Colors you can’t go wrong with this stunning book, filled with van Gogh’s art as well as his own words and quotes.
Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) this is a great book that covers many of the Impressionists and some fun activities that go along with them.