Loving Vincent

Animated Van Gogh film is made entirely with paintings

Vincent van Gogh occupies a special place in the Western psyche. His legacy mythologized the idea of the tragic artist who nevertheless makes beautiful art. The Starry Night (1889) is so iconic the painting was used to symbolize Cory and Topanga’s fraught relationship at the height of Boy Meets World’s popularity. It’s not surprising, then, that Van Gogh’s life is the subject of a new animated biopic called Loving Vincent. When Variety reviewed 1956’s Lust for Life, based on a novel by Irving Stone and starring Kurt Douglass as van Gogh, it called the film “a slow-moving picture whose only action is…


A nauseating VR trip inside a famous Van Gogh painting

In 1990, on the hundredth anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, the Journal of the American Medical Association posited that the impressionist had suffered from “Ménière’s disease and not epilepsy.” A disorder of the inner ear, Ménière’s disease is known to cause nausea, hearing troubles, tinnitus, and vertigo.  The JAMA’s diagnosis is widely disputed, but Mac Cauley’s VR tribute to Van Gogh, The Night Café, does little to downplay the idea that the artist suffered from vertigo. This may or may not be intentional. As I noted when previewing the interactive experience in May, Cauley set out to transform Van…


Van Gogh’s troubled psyche explored in lurching claymation

For her Master Thesis at the IT University of Copenhagen, Federica Orlati has spent the past nine months meticulously crafting Ever Yours, Vincent. It’s a point-and-click adventure based on the letters that Vincent van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo while living in Arles, France. In the game, this happens after he has been committed to a hospital for his psychosis. While that project outline may not seem too taxing, consider that Orlati has restricted herself to using only analog creative methods: claymation, pencil sketches, doll-sized velvet jackets, and hand-drawn storyboards. These letters offer insight into the artist’s struggle…