The Shoes of van Gogh

With Henri Nouwen serving as spiritual guide, Cliff Edwards offers a provocative and thoughtful reflection on Vincent van Gogh’s religious sensitivity. He shows how the painter captured a sense of the sacred in the most ordinary scenes.

The book is organized around Edwards’s own spiritual journey with van Gogh, beginning with a trip to Japan, where he discovers the influence that Asian religious art had on van Gogh as well as other Western artists, especially the impressionists. His interest in this aspect of van Gogh moves him to study the artist’s letters.


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