Vincent Van Gogh died on 29 July 1890 at the age of 37 years, unknown and a pauper, having sold only one of the approximately 1800 works he produced in less than a decade.
Despite a fluctuating physical and mental condition, his work initiated one of the most powerful influences upon the direction of modern art.
This film is the story of Vincent Van Gogh, told through his letters to his brother Theo, from 1872 until the time of his death. With these records, we gain some insight into the man, his motivations and his unique humanity.
Through his own words, the film explores the Europe Vincent explored, the sites of his inspiration and the colours and seasons he experienced, from Groot-Zundert, Nuenen, the Borinage, the Hague, Paris, Arles and St. Remy to Auvers, where he died.
Australian filmmaker Paul Cox created this feature-length film as a personal contribution towards the centenary of Vincent’s death in 1990, and as a homage to Vincent himself. It also reflects Paul Cox’s own Dutch origins, and his lifelong interest in Vincent’s life and work.