On the map: youngsters’s atlas plots the lifetime of Vincent van Gogh

The brand new youngsters’s atlas on Vincent Van Gogh  Photograph: S Boztas

Seeing Van Gogh by a baby’s eyes is an training for us all: that was the message on the launch of a junior ‘atlas’ explaining the artist’s life and travels.

‘What this e book does is to observe the story of Van Gogh like an atlas, telling his life story in a enjoyable method,’ stated Emilie Gordenker, director of the Van Gogh Museum on the e book launch in Amsterdam.

‘This fashion of telling his story means you would possibly see your self in his story: typically he had a troublesome time and typically he was doing very well. Even when you realize rather a lot about artwork, you possibly can study from a narrative informed from [a child’s] perspective,’ she informed a category of group 7 youngsters from main college Het Bovenland on Wednesday.

With illustrations from artist Geert Gratama, pictures, letters and detailed maps, The Vincent van Gogh Atlas Junior Version plots the 19th century artist’s life and works alongside his a number of strikes. It begins within the village of Zundert in North Brabant in 1853, and travels with him by 19 completely different areas within the Netherlands, England, Belgium and France, the place he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1890.

It traces his profession with the assistance of his 800 letters, largely to his brother Theo, 850 work and 1300 sketches which have survived. Van Gogh’s travels had been made by boat, steam practice and in addition on foot – together with a misadventure the place he tramped for miles to point out his work to a well-known artist however, as soon as he obtained to his door, was overcome with nerves and went residence once more.

An grownup model of the atlas was produced in 2015 and this one – printed in Dutch and in English – is aimed toward youngsters of 9 and upwards.

Ebook launch with group 7 from basisschool Het Bovenland Photograph: Ground Minnaert

René van Blerk, senior educator on the Van Gogh Museum who wrote the e book with writer and journalist Nienke Denekamp, stated Van Gogh was an inspiration. ‘I believe that we’ve got an exquisite story a few actually extraordinary man,’ he stated.

‘He was somebody in search of what he needed to be, who saved looking, and saved the religion. Maybe you don’t know what you need to be, and neither did he, however he discovered it. He was so satisfied that what he was doing was good that he saved going, even when individuals didn’t respect it in any respect. That’s a rare message that the e book tells.’

‘Vincent was uncommon in a time when everybody was so used to portray in a sure method, a method that everybody preferred. He did it in his personal method, a totally completely different method: he noticed what the entire different painters had been doing, he took it on board, however made his personal artwork. That’s extraordinary and it influenced different painters after him.’

The e book, printed by Uitgeverij Rubinstein and with a subsidy from the Nederlands Letterenfonds, was launched with a particular cake. The primary copy was gifted to the category of 10 and 11-year-olds from Amsterdam.

‘In contrast to a chunk of cake,’ Gordenker reassured them, ‘it could possibly by no means be eaten up and you’ll at all times learn it once more.’

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