Jo Van Gogh-Bonger: The Woman Who Made Vincent Famous (Hardcover)

Jo Van Gogh-Bonger: The Woman Who Made Vincent Famous By Hans Luijten, Lynne Richards (Translator) Cover Image

Jo Van Gogh-Bonger: The Woman Who Made Vincent Famous (Hardcover)

By Hans Luijten, Lynne Richards (Translator)


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It is so good, after so many years of public indifference, even hostility towards Vincent and his work, to feel towards the end of my life that the battle is won.'

'It is a sacrifice for the sake of Vincent's glory.'

Little known but no less influential, Jo van Gogh-Bonger was sister-in-law of Vincent van Gogh, wife of his brother, Theo. When the brothers died soon after each other, she took charge of Van Gogh's artistic legacy and devoted the rest of her life to disseminating his work.

Despite being widowed with a young son, Jo successfully navigated the male-dominated world of the art market-publishing Van Gogh's letters, organizing exhibitions in the Netherlands and throughout the world, and making strategic sales to private individuals and influential dealers-ultimately establishing Van Gogh's reputation as one of the finest artists of his generation. In doing so, she fundamentally changed how we view the relationship between the artist and his work.

She also lived a rich and fascinating life-not only was she friends with eminent writers and artists, but she also was active within the Social Democratic Labour Party and closely involved in emerging women's movements.

Using rich source material, including unseen diaries, documents and letters, Hans Luijten charts the multi-faceted life of this visionary woman with the drive to shake the art world to its core.
Hans Luijten is Senior Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum. He is the author of Van Gogh and Love (2007) and Alles voor Vincent (2019). Luijten also edited Vincent van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard (2007), the six-volume Vincent van Gogh - The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition (2009, and Jo Bonger's previously unpublished diaries ( His books have been published in various languages, including English, Dutch, French and Chinese. Lynne Richards is a professional translator and Dutch-English editor specializing in art history, general history and the humanities. Her recent translations include A History of the Netherlands (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Jo Bonger's diaries (2019), a four-volume bi-lingual publication available digitally at Since 1998, she has been a partner of Lynne & Paul Richards Translations.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350299580
ISBN-10: 1350299588
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2022
Pages: 544
Language: English