I don’t think there’s a point in people’s lives when they don’t know who Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was. He is considered as one of the most famous and influential artists of all time. Even though you don’t recognize his artworks, I believe you heard his name a couple of times.
Honestly, I have little interest regarding art world. I enjoy some form of arts, such as painting, dancing, and movie. But that’s it. Rather than a “pure blood” artsy person, I regard myself as a “muggle.”
However, it is hard not to enjoy and in awe of the “Loving Vincent” movie. It is amazing. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, this animated biopic tells you story about Vincent Van Gogh’s life from multiple point of views by acquaintances he met in his final days in France.
To honor the Dutch artist, “Loving Vincent” was created with more than 65.000 oil paintings on more than 1.000 canvases from 125 artists. It’s the same style as Van Gogh’s famous paintings.
“We shot the film with actors, and literally painted over it frame by frame. We believe we cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings so we needed to bring his paintings to life,” the movie’s website explained.
For me, “Loving Vincent” truthfully live up to the title. Watching the movie makes me feel a great deal of sympathy for Van Gogh. I adore his struggle in career and personal life. His discipline is admirable. He used to paint every day during the last two months of his life even though he suffered physically and psychologically. Vincent spent one year at the asylum in Saint Rémy de Provence. Many of his famous works was painted there.
Beside painting, Vincent was a dedicated writer too. He wrote so many letters especially to his brother Theo, who was financially supported him as an artist. I fact, when Vincent lived in France, he was corresponding with his brother. A Wikipedia page said more than 650 letters from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo are preserved.
“Loving Vincent” is more than a dramatic biography. The movie is so intense it feels like you’re watching one of Agatha Christie’s detective stories. Armand Roulin, the main character, tasked by his father with delivering a letter to Vincent’s brother, Theo Van Gogh. Armand thinks Vincent’s a weirdo, a lunatic even. A couple of years before he died, Vincent cut his ear and gave it to a hooker. That’s why at first Armand declined his father’s request.