A film made of oil paints


Vincent Van Gogh was the most famous post-impressionist artist of the 19and century. His expressive artwork and use of bright colors, unorthodox at the time, contributed greatly to the groundwork of modern art, although he was never revered during his lifetime.

His life and work subjects have intrigued people around the world for over a century, gaining celluloid space in recent decades by focusing on different stages of his life.

Loving Vincentreleased in 2017, focused on the stages after Van Gogh’s death and investigated the reason behind it.

The filmmaking process is unique – the entire film is a compilation of 65,000 oil paintings drawn by 125 artists over nearly a decade, making it the first fully painted animated feature film.

The paintings are based on 120 of Van Gogh’s well-known paintings, seemingly giving well-deserved homage even in the making of the film.

Although Van Gogh remains the soul of the film, the real subjects of his Roulin family the series makes the show.

Armand Roulin, son of the patriarch Roulin, is commissioned by his father Joseph to deliver Van Gogh’s last letter to his brother Theo, a year after Gogh’s death. Joseph does this not only to respect his friend’s last wishes, but also to confirm his suspicions about his death.

The iconic Armand, dressed in a yellow jacket, travels to Paris to complete his father’s task, but embarks on a long investigation – why would Van Gogh kill himself? What if it wasn’t suicide?

Armand arrives at his destination only to find out that Theo has died six months earlier. A suggestion from a friend of Van Gogh prompted him to visit the town where the painter spent his last days, Auvers-Sur-Oise.

Knowing the struggle and artistic ability of Van Gogh, Armand decides to see the bottom of death against nature. But he never gets a common response from anyone; all of Van Gogh’s acquaintances and friends here seem to have different opinions about his last days.

There is no strong evidence to rule out the cause of the suicide; the actual incident is left to the public open to interpretation.

Van Gogh’s work is critically acclaimed as one of the most prolific artists of the 19and century. Having suffered from depression all his life, he found a way to portray his pain in art with great passion that no artist had ever done before.

He is so unique in using his sadness to portray the joy and magnificence of the world in vivid colors that perhaps no artist will ever draw like him. His art showed happiness, but his sadness engulfed him enough to commit suicide, which baffles all art lovers to this day.

Loving Vincent can be considered as one of the expressions of research to satisfy this curiosity.

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