Posted on October 18 2017
On 27th July 1890, a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers.
The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. He was Vincent Van Gogh, then a little known artist. As Van Gogh propelled towards international fame and repute in more recent years, the tragic circumstances surrounding his death was deeply mourned. However, what remained a mystery was how and why he was shot.
The recent movie, Loving Vincent, tells that story.
As elusive as painters might seem, it's undoubtedly moving when artists from all over the world come together to celebrate one of the best storytellers who ever lived. A post-impressionist artist, Van Gogh studied art in Belgium. His encounter with Japanese prints in Antwerp fed and inspired his art and practice.
"I am so angry with myself because I cannot do what I should like to do, and at such a moment one feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless."
His intrepid and individualistic style was dissimilar to other post-impressionist painters of his time. Contrary to his contemporaries, Van Gogh's palette remained dark, chaotic and nervous. Yet, the tables have turned in recent times. Despite working as an under-appreciated artist during his lifetime, his works have now been elevated to a status of influence, laying the foundations for the oeuvre of Western modern art.
Loving Vincent is a feature film built from 65, 000 frames of oil paintings and was produced in Gdańsk, Poland. It will be available at Shaw theatres from 7 December (Singapore).