In Laurence Anholt’s lyrical children’s book Camille and the Sunflowers, much of the drama illuminates Vincent van Gogh’s outsider status in the southern French town of Arles, where he stayed from 1888 for the last, intensively creative years of his short life before his suicide in 1890. This outsider sensibility underpins much of the feeling and thought woven through Van Gogh’s letters, but there is – especially in his last years – something else, too: his growing relationship with Nature and the natural world.

Replete with expressions of his intense engagement with the world, both ...


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