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On Always Loving Vincent

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Recently seeing the new animated and first fully painted Van Gogh biographic film titled Loving Vincent  brought up delightful memories of an ocular nutrition science course I taught in Maryland a couple of years ago during the Washington DC Phillips Collection Van Gogh exhibit.


Fortunately, I had some extra time one afternoon and took myself right to the Phillips.

 

The bold exhibit took a fresh look at Vincent Van Gogh's intense painting process, as well as looking beneath the surface of some of his best-known work.

 

The exceptional documentary above was produced by the BBC and the National Gallery in London. Its beneath-the-surface focus is similar to the Van Gogh Phillips Collection, with the difference being far more attention paid to Van Gogh's mad-genius obsession with sunflowers.


It's a perfect subject to hang out with on a winter-cold Sunday Morning at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.

 

The documentary also addresses Van Gogh's mental health, early death, and relationship with the French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin, while the two shared a yellow house for a few months in Arles, in the South of France.


I promise it's well worth watching if you have not seen it before, particularly for those of you who are also haunted by the enchanting lyrics of a Michael Franks tune called "In The Yellow House" presented for your pleasure at the bottom of today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities. 


Michael Franks is a forever-favorite jazz singer, poetic songwriter, and art history scholar. "In The Yellow House" is from a CD titled Abandoned Garden, dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim.


Have a lovely Sunday and enjoy the art and music. 

 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD,  David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff