Vincent Van Gogh has been a household name for decades. His paintings are recognised and praised around the world by both fans and critics. Most know of his tragic battle with mental illness that led him to cut off his own ear and eventually commit suicide. However, there is a lot more to Van Gogh than we may know.
Exhibition On Screen returns for another season with Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing. The film is a mix of reenactment scenes and interviews with curators from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and various historians. What makes this piece different than other movies made about him before is that it really dives into not only who Van Gogh the painter was, but who Van Gogh the person was and how the two influence one another.
The reenactment scenes played a big part in making that picture clear. I feared that those scenes would be cheesy and unbearable to watch. Instead, it added to the story with each of those scenes having the voice of the actor playing Van Gogh reading out letters written by him to his brother, Theo. It made sense of how he came to painting and why.
The Van Gogh museum itself also plays a huge role in the movie. Located in Amsterdam, it holds the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. The curators and historians that work there really add to the movie with their knowledge and passion for the art.
The film is honestly one of the best I’ve seen depicting the life of Vincent Van Gogh. The narrative was told well by director David Bickerstaff and as big fan of Van Gogh, I learned a lot about not only his art that I admire so much but also who he was a man. Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing is worth the watch.
Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing in theatres April 14th.