'Vincent Van Gogh : A New Way Of Seeing', a documentary true to its name, provides to the audience a new way, a new vision to glance at van Gogh's life and his works.
The one-and-a-half hour long narrative clearly portrays the artist in van Gogh and prompts the audience to have a tete-a-tete, to discover the man behind the masterpieces, to explore his struggle to conquer art.
Last week, I had the chance to delve deep into the short but eventful life of such an illustrious painter, through my wins in two separate Twitter Contests being held by PVR Live and Book My Show on their respective timelines.
The documentary takes to narrating a phase-by-phase account of van Gogh's life, his childhood, the attempts at procuring an education, moving out to various cities in Europe and finally finding solace in the sentiment of artistic expression.
The filming captures the essence of the letters Vincent often wrote to his brother Theodore van Gogh, addressed lovingly as Theo, throughout. It is through these letters that the audience is introduced to the ideology behind most of van Gogh's works, one letter at a time.
It is in Theo, that Vincent found a supportive friend, who was always by his side, to inquire of his health, his art, and his being.
After his brother’s death, Theo worked hard to bring to the limelight, Van Gogh’s works and publish his letters. So much so, that both the brothers are even buried together, by each other's side.
Most of the narrative also focusses on van Gogh's multiple creations and the associated interpretations with each, with the many officials at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, by the audience's side. Two works, The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers, are discussed extensively.
The artists of today discover a mentor in Vincent van Gogh, the artist.
Theodore’s great-grandson Vincent Willem Van Gogh observes his family history and admits that van Gogh's efforts as an artist went mostly unnoticed and unappreciated during his lifetime.
The documentary, under the able direction of David Bickerstaff and a heartfelt portrayal by Jamie de Courcey shows that perseverance, determination, and true love for art were greeted by success, and van Gogh's art won hearts.