Every painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is now worth a fortune. It´s practically incredible that during his life, he could hardly get a penny for his works. Not even through his brother who was an art-dealer and passionately believed in his talent.
The painter’s life is a fascinating story. A parson’s son who starts evangelizing among the miners in Belgium. He shares their poverty and misery. He takes a single woman who is addicted to alcohol and her child under his wing, even though he himself barely keeps afloat by the financial support of his family.
When his attempts at preaching and art dealing turn out a disappointment, he starts painting himself. He wanders and paints. On the invitation of his brother he ends up in Paris where he is introduced to other artists. He still cannot find peace of mind anywhere.
Marc Verhaegen and Jan Kragt have cast his life into a cartoon. Artfully woven into the storytelling are several well-known masterpieces by Van Gogh. In this way, his development in techniques and subjects is chalked out almost casually. Beautifully done.