“My brush goes between my fingers as if it were the bow on a violin and absolutely for my pleasure.”
Van Gogh: Painted with Words, a one part docudrama by the BBC, is beautifully done and highly compact. I am not very well acquainted with the life of Vincent Van Gogh, and so I am not prepared to speak of the accuracy of the narration which interrupts the flow of narrative. The narrative itself is taken verbatim from the letters of Vincent Van Gogh and those around him, in particular his brother Theo.
The production begins with Vincent already in hospital, then turns back to follow the path which brought him there, in the process Vincent’s life is slowly revealled both as a man and an artist, and especially how Vincent’s environment and interests engaged with his artistic explorations.
The production values and performances are excellent throughout, with a marvellous leading and supporting cast. Should the BBC decide to produce more docudramas of this type, I would be far from disappointed.