I have been wanting to see the movie since it came out and like most artist (I think) I am not the most organised person.
Having always admired Van Gough’s works and the fact that the movie is the first one of its kind where every frame has been hand painted had me more interested than other films about and artist story that have been made.
I finally made it yesterday with my girl friend and was taken aback by the film and how they used Van Gough’s style of painting trough out the whole movie.
The movie was a master piece and the story very touching as there were so many things that hit home, like how he suffered from the mental pressures of his demanding family, how he took it up painting and taught himself how to paint after his most difficult time in his life and having experienced something similar myself while in prison discovering the therapeutic powers of painting!
The end was so sad!
The fact that he reached a point where the best solution in his mind was to take his own live! ( I understand exactly how he felt, as I have considered that many times and attempted when I was a teenager as a cry for help).
The sad thing is that mental health is still not taken serious enough even at this present time and the current conservative government here in the UK is cutting down funding for mental health instead of increasing it!
I became a prolific painter when I was in prison as it was my only way to keep demons out of my mind and only painted nearly 100 paintings.
800 in a space of eight years was what Vincent achieved and I think it is simply amazing!
I salute Vincent and must admit that I had to fight tears and a choking feeling in my throat as the credits of the film were being run.
The sad reality of the art world, the fact that he could not sell his work and since his death countless people have made and will make money million from his work!
I dedicate my painting Tree Of Life to Vincent and may he R.I.P and if there is and after life enjoy the fact that he was right with what he set out to do and appreciated by millions.