My final post to this topic. The books you mention are merely secondary
sources on the artist; and no, I haven't read them. When we have a unique
invaluable document such as Van Gogh's letters it is absolutely essential
that any artist interested in this genius' inner thoughts read them for
him/herself. In point of fact, many contemporary thinkers feel that even if
we had *none* of Vincent's artwork, he would still stand out as one of the
great minds of the 19th c. based solely on the letters.
It's a mystery to me why you or anyone would rely on another person's
reading of the letters and subsequent interpretation of the man and his
But from the number of individuals you say read these books I suppose
there's a market for people who like to be spoon-fed their Van Gogh!