Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies (ARTiculate: Films)

Price: HK$110
Genre: Documentary, Arts
Category: II (A)
Director: Giovanni Piscaglia
Language: In English, Dutch, Italian and French with Chinese and partially English subtitles
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Vincent van Gogh had had a lifelong yearning for love, but yet his life and death were filled with loneliness. Throughout his life, he suffered from constant anxiety and discomfort as well as a relentless struggle with poverty and romantic failures, culminating in a rage-filled episode in which he cut off his own ear, followed by suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He found solace only in art, and through painting he soothed his pain. Van Gogh immersed himself in rural life and nature, and consoled himself with the heavens and the earth, creating distinctive visions of night skies and wheat fields. He once wrote that “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

During a tumultuous span of 10 years, Van Gogh created such brilliant masterpieces as “The Starry Night”, the “Sunflower” series and “Café Terrace at Night”. His bold use of color and dynamic brushstrokes amply displayed his passion for life and tremendous talent, and deeply influenced the development of 20th century art. This film ventures deep into Kröller-Müller Museum, which contains the world’s second largest collection of works by Van Gogh, to take a close-up look into such well-known pieces as “The Potato Eaters” and “Country road in Provence by Night”. In addition, Van Gogh’s own inner thoughts will be heard through his personal letters, and the film also ambles through van Gogh’s favorite places in Provence, including the small church in Auvers-sur-Oise where the artist spent his last days.

Length : 91 minutes

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