While its true that a catalogue raisonné (a complete catalogue of an artist's oeuvre) is an invaluable reference, few of these catalogues present the majority of the graphics of the works in colour. Currently there is only one source (that I'm aware of) that offers colour reproductions of almost all of Van Gogh's paintings. Of course, there are many very nice "coffee table books" available which offer very good colour graphics of Van Gogh's works, but these only include a small percentage of Van Gogh's total output (more than 850 paintings).
- Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings by Ingo F. Walther and Rainer Metzger (Taschen, 1997): An absolute must for any Van Gogh aficionado. Although a number of the graphic reproductions are of questionable quality, this is still the only place you'll find colour graphics of the vast majority of Van Gogh's paintings. Note: none of the sketches and very few of the watercolours are included and a small number of the paintings are reproduced in black and white. All in all, though, the Walther and Metzger book is highly recommended.
- Van Gogh by Francesca Castria Marchetti(Electra, 1999): A uniquely designed book. This volume was produced using a special binding method. Thirty-four of Van Gogh's best works are included in large, fold-out pages. Some of the pages fold out twice forming a full 50 x 56 cm. reproduction: some of the complete work (Prisoners Exercising), others larger than life details (Blossoming Almond Tree). This unsual and beautifully presented book includes some of the best quality reproductions I've ever seen.
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