Thursday, July 13, 2017

DVD Review: Vincent Van Gogh A New Way of Seeing

Exhibition on Screen: Vincent Van Gogh. Directed by David Bickerstaff. 2015. 90 minutes. [Source: Library]

I recently watched a documentary on Vincent Van Gogh. It was great. I loved the balance. It focused both on the art and the artist. Viewers got the chance to see his works, an overview of most of what he painted and drew. But perhaps more importantly, viewers got a chance to know the artist--the man--behind those works. It was the story of his life--from childhood to death, essentially. Viewers learned of the relationships that mattered most to him--particularly his brother, Theo, but also to some extent his friends and fellow artists. It followed the journey of his life. How did he come to be an artist? Was he ever passionate about anything else? I found his story both fascinating and heartbreaking, in a way. Without a doubt, some of his works are beautiful, amazing even. But his personal life was very troubled, disturbed. Emotionally, mentally, even physically, he was a mess. This is one of the best documentaries I've seen this year.

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1 comments:

Tamara 2:32 AM  

Becky, thanks for sharing this. Im going to put this on my Paris in July list to watch. I've just found it and tagged it for later.

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