‘Loving Vincent’

‘The life and controversial death of Vincent van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them.  The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and though dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.  Loving Vincent features 120 of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest paintings.  The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the painter himself, leads us to the significant people and events in the time prior to his unexpected death.  Every shot is painted just as Vincent himself painted.’   Break Thru Films (2017)

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This was, simply, a beautiful film.  To see the great artist’s paintings, come alive, on screen was a delight!

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‘Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art, in just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings.’   Wikipedia

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For the past twenty years I have been an art admirer.  I am quite sure that my appreciation for Vincent van Gogh…started me on the road to enjoying fine art.

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The film centers around Vincent’s relationship with Dr. Gachet, who took care of Vincent during the last days of his life.  Vincent died of a gun shot wound to his abdomen, that he said was self inflicted, although people that encountered him during the last days of his life said that he was emotionally stable and of good humor.

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Vincent van Gogh suffered from mental illness.  At the end of his life he was said to have been despondent over the money that his brother, Theo, had spent on him and his pursuit of art.

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Vincent van Gogh sold one painting during his lifetime.  It was the Red Vineyard for 400 francs or about $2000 in 2017.

The portrait of Dr. Gachet sold for $82.5 million dollars.

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3 responses

  1. Reblogging to sister site Timeless Wisdoms

  2. I’ll keep an eye open for ‘Loving Vincent’ – sounds like a fascinating film. I think I was vaguely aware of van Gogh before Don McLean sang about him, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    1. You will enjoy it. 😉

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