Expression Through Painting
In a letter to Theo in July 1890, Vincent said “we cannot speak other than by our paintings.” Painting was the truest form of expression for him. Vincent’s particular style was full of expressive lines and vibrant colors. He used his art to communicate his feelings, speaking through the paint. Ever since, his iconic pieces and inspiring quotes have continued to spark creativity in many artists.
Vincent almost didn’t become an artist. He didn’t pick up a brush until his late 20s. He was the black sheep of the family and relied heavily on his brother Theo to help support him. Even through this despair and hardship, he still found the energy to keep trying and keep creating. In just eight years he became one of the most influential and well-known painters of all time.
Vincent continued to write to his brother Theo often. Some of the art world’s favorite van Gogh quotes come from those letters. Vincent had a tough life, but his views on art are still inspiring.
Even those who aren’t daily consumed by the art world, know Vincent’s name. His pieces have become an iconic part of the history of art. Director and painter Dorota Kobiela wanted to celebrate his life and art and thus the Loving Vincent film was created. She wanted to show how hard work and chasing after what you want can lead to creating something amazing.
“It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what other people have achieved and put it down to their natural abilities: put it down to them being geniuses, like Mozart or Da Vinci, but Vincent proves that if you have the focus and the energy you can achieve extraordinary things, and that it is never too late. But you have to be willing to put in the work.”
Loving Vincent: A 6 Year Project
Loving Vincent is a feature length film that features 65,000 frames made by 125 painters over the course of 6 years of work. Director and painter Dorota Kobiela took on the monumental task of orchestrating this project. She wanted to combine her passions of film and painting to create something new and unique. Vincent was the perfect subject for the film.
According to Dorota, Vincent’s life and those letters were a key inspiration for the film. “I was 30 when I came up with the idea to do Loving Vincent, around the same age that Vincent was when he started painting. More than his paintings, which I love, it was the example of how Vincent lived his life that inspired me. I have battled with depression all my life, and I was inspired by how strong Vincent was in picking himself up from similarly terrible life setbacks as a young man in his twenties, and finding, through art, a way to bring beauty to the world. His letters helped me at a low point in my life, and inspired me to make this film.”
Dorota decided to create a feature length film and imagined a series of interviews with Vincent’s paintings. She found a cast to resemble the people in Vincent’s pieces and shot live-action footage of them saying the script. The live-action footage was then used to create the oil paintings, frame by frame. That all came together to create a gorgeous and unique stop-motion film.
Loving Vincent is starting to premiere in European countries. You can keep up to date with the latest news about the film on their website. Hopefully the release date for the US is soon! I would love to see this feature on the big screen to enjoy all the painterly glory.