ART Culture & Society
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
Loving Vincent is amongst the most aesthetically appealing and thought-provoking movies I have seen in my lifetime. Grand words and vocabulary will just fail to properly reflect how beautiful the movie is, so for those who have not yet seen the film, here is a little spoiler, it is beautiful. The liveliness will pervade your skin and touch your core. The brilliant narrative will compel you to rethink and introspect. The film has a masterful capability to inspire, both life and work. And it does so in such a blissful way, that it almost feels being out of one’s own skin while watching the film.
It took the persistent effort of more than 100 artists from all over the world, to draw the 65000 paintings which were used to make this sterling piece of human endeavour over a period of 7 years. Thanks to them we had a chance to feast our eyes on something so beautiful. The film was nominated for the academy awards this year, under the best animated feature film category. The list doesn’t end there, the film was nominated for several other prestigious film fests and award ceremonies, BAFTA and Golden Globe being two among the many of the said events. The movie is truly an example of “labour of love”. A tribute from all of us to the master who used to draw dreams on canvases.
The man was born as Vincent Willem van Gogh on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Gogh’s father, Theodorus van Gogh, was a country minister, and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was an artist who seems to have been the primary influence for her son. Van Gogh could not finish his schooling due to financial troubles and had to take a job at his uncle’s art dealership. He suffered a catastrophic absence of love throughout his life, he was particularly attracted to “troublesome” women which furthermore added to his owes. He was "psychologically unstable" and had to deal with poverty and illness. He was a very passionate man, a man who was curious about life and all of its intricacies. He is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and the father of modern painting. He is one of the most celebrated post-impressionist painter, known for his ability to capture emotions and moments from their most ethereal perspectives. His art is specifically characterised by the beautiful craftsmanship by colours. Gogh in his lifetime had drawn about 2100 paintings, consisting of oil paintings, watercolours, sketches and portraits. Over the course of his creative life he had drawn several self-portraits, it was an area of interest to him, once he said that “I am looking for a likeness than that obtained by a photographer” in a letter to his sister. But like all great minds, he had the curse of solitude and melancholia upon him, which even drove him to cut off his ears. He was a troubled soul whose emotions flowed like that of the sea during a storm. His suffering came to the surface through his works, the passionate man who has reached the threshold is often capable of deep insight, Van Gogh was such a man. We are indeed lucky to have been born as humans, otherwise we would not have been able to enjoy life and feel as much as we do. Van Gogh died in a very painful way, due to a failed suicide attempt. He shot himself by a gun but didn't die, later he died in the presence of his brother. He was only 37 when he departed from this world. Although his perspectives and gifts to humanity has immortalised him. He was truly a great talent who felt deeply and used to express those feelings and thoughts through brilliant visual art.
The movie sums it all up in a pretty neat way, and there is a novel by Irving Stone called "Lust for Life", do have a look on these if you are interested to learn more about the maestro.
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