When it comes to famous artists, Vincent van Gogh is the epitome of the “tragic/romantic” stereotype. Grievously misunderstood in his lifetime, to the point that he reputedly only made one sale, and had to rely on his brother Theo’s generosity to survive, the Dutch artist is now an acknowledged master whose paintings sell for many tens of millions of dollars.
Van Gogh never saw any of that coin, of course. And after a decade of frustration at dealers, collectors and the broader population being unable to appreciate his work, he offed himself in southern France at age 37.
Today, Van Gogh even has a museum named after him in Amsterdam. It opened in 1973, and features a collection of over 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters. The museum also boasts works by post-impressionist contemporaries of van Gogh such as Paul Gaugin, Georges Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec and more.
On April 15 at 7:30 p.m. (with an encore on April 26) Galaxy Theatre is screening a documentary on van Gogh and his life which allows you to see works from the collection in exquisite detail. You can find more information on the Cineplex website.
Here’s the trailer for Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing