What I’ve learned from “Loving Vincent”

The event

Tenderly touching. Certainly one of the best screening of all times.

First of all, I’d like to affirm that I’m an Art enthusiast. I appreciate Art in all its forms, and I’m very open to it. However, I must say that I’m more a traditional Art lover. This means that I’d rather stare at a painting or a sculpture instead of hearing an audio installation or being part of a piece of Art. I like old, vintage, antique stuff. But I live in a hectic, troubled and technological world. That is why I like Impressionists,  Post-Impressionists, and any other trend in between or next to them. For this reason, I like Vincent van Gogh.

I started having a real appreciation for Art when I went to Paris with my family in 2008. For the first time ever my dad taught me how to look at a painting. It was a particular painting, though. Unfortunately, I don’t remember whose was it by. My dad and I were standing in front of a medium-sized painting. Honestly, I was bored because I was tired of looking at paintings. I didn’t understand why a patchwork of colors could be interesting or beautiful. My dad perceived my question mark face while I was in front of that piece of work. He took my hand and told me: “You must take a small step back to fully see this picture“. I remember going back a little with him and there it was: I was admiring a French Impressionist painting. I stood in front of that painting going back and forth for at least five minutes. I was impressed.

From that moment I began being more into the Arts.

Time passed, and my education grew exponentially. Not only in terms of Art, but in many other disciplines. In high school, I found out other forms of Arts – Cinema and Theatre – that helped me seeing and getting a better understanding of what the world currently is, and maybe will be.

As a college student, I try to pursue my dreams and passions at my best. Again, I’m an Art enthusiast and I seek any chance to enrich this cultural side of mine and share it with the rest of the people.

For this reason, I personally decided to spend the last day of September by going to the Sunshine Cinema in the East Village, grab a non-alcoholic drink, and watch “Loving Vincent”, a movie about 19th century Ducth artist Van Gogh.

The movie

In the interest of making his Art alive again, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have been working on an outstanding and demanding project that lead to a spectacular outcome, called “Loving Vincent”.

When they say that painting is an action that portraits an instant, whereas a movie gets more instants flowing, it’s extremely true. However, these two form of Art can absolutely co-exist. “Loving Vincent” It’s the ultimate amazing proof.

The film is a full-length animated movie (87 minutes ca), made entirely of paintings that feature the artist’s style and colors. More than 60,000 paintings were used to get the motion of the sequences done. Actors and actresses play against green screens, which are later perfectioned with the painters’ works and specific design softwares.

The production and plot

All the work was done in Europe, although the crew had many people from different countries around the world – from Poland to Greece. There were involved more than 100 artists in this project, and it took almost 8 years to get the whole final result.

“Loving Vincent” narrates a biographical story of the painter by using multiple perspectives and important events that occurred during his lifetime. The story starts in the moment when the artist is already dead, and every character is willing to give a personal opinion of what Van Gogh looked like. Everybody would like to know why Van Gogh ended his life, or how was he murdered. But the only thing that comes out from those flashbacks and memories is how gentle and troubled was his soul.

The lesson

Van Gogh was a fragile person. He seemed a lot of things in front of many people’s eyes. He looked weird because he acted impulsively. He resembled a genius because nobody was able to paint like he would. No matter what other people’s perception, he was a human person. He had dreams and goals, but he was afraid of being a burden.

I’m not being unrealistic, but sometimes I think I could feel like Van Gogh. I have dreams and goals as well. Nevertheless, I constantly live in the fear of being a burden to my parents, who are the ones who gave me life, an education, many opportunities, and what am I doing now might be not sufficient. I strive for the best, but it’s hard.

On the other hand, I look at the production of this movie. The painters, the technicians, the writers. The whole crew came to a wonderful conclusion. From what it was supposed to be an only 7-minute short movie, it extended to be a full amazing movie.

Only a few people believed in this project at its start. However, with tenacity and a great dose of positivity, the final result became an incredible one. They strived for the best, it was hard, but they succeed it.

From: a curly sunflower

To: Van Gogh himself and the crew at “Loving Vincent”

Thanks for being another piece of inspiration to put in my life.

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly’.”

Vincent Van Gogh

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