Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint Remy de Provence, France where Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853 to July 29, 1890) was hospitalized until a few months before his tragic death. These pictures were was taken by me, include his room.
The post-impressionist painter work has fascinated me for years. The clear and powerful expression of emotion, his realistic perspective expressed with color, mystery and intensity have been part of me as I continue to try and explore the human condition. Van Gogh as a human and his life itself was of course reflected in his work. The visit at the asylum and its surrounding grounds and area where the painter did some of his most amazing work lived on with me as did my admiration, curiosity and respect for his work. This week, I had a similar experience to my visit to Provence when I watched Loving Vincent a 2017 biographical animated film about his life (and death). Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
The experience was incomparable. The movie is art by its own right and provides insight and clues into Van Gogh and his life. Just as important, it raises general existential & profound questions about art and life. It is a catalyst into a deeper understanding of the human condition and human behavior.
“Loving Vincent” – The Movie; An Incomparable Experience