The Life of Van Gogh: New Revelations

With Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith 

All School Assembly
Friday, November 18th, 2011
2:55 - 3:35 pm

*Parents are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to Jessica Eicher at 415.213.6111 or email

Book signing and Reception to follow program

Eurythmy Room
at the SF Waldorf High School

Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will discuss their new biography Van Gogh: The Life which examines the brilliant and tumultuous life of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic artists. Their book hailed as the ‘definitive biography for decades to come’ sheds new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world.   Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. Naifeh and Smith will share the revelations that emerged during their ten years of research and the profound ways in which Van Gogh’s turbulent personal life, as well as his deep immersion in the art and literature of the era, shaped one of the signature imaginations in Western art.

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith are graduates of Harvard Law School. Mr. Naifeh, who has written for art periodicals and has lectured at numerous museums including the National Gallery of Art, studied art history at Princeton and did his graduate work at the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. Together they have written many books on art and other subjects, including four New York Times bestsellers. Their biography Jackson Pollock: An American Saga won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. It also inspired the Academy Award–winning 2000 film Pollock starring Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden as well as John Updike’s novel, Seek My Face. Naifeh and Smith have been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, USA Today, and People, and have appeared on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, and the Today Show.