Van Gogh’s Ear is a journey to discover the truth and revisit some of the myth surrounding Vincent Van Gogh’s tormented yet passionate life. In this book, Murphy looked into forgotten archival materials, visited towns and museums, and brought Van Gogh’s world vividly to life, including some of the most important people he was involved with, such as police inspector, “Rachel” who he gave his ear to, his brother Theo, and fellow artist Gauguin.
Murphy took lots of effort trying to piece together clues that might shed light on the artist’s life and his mental state. This book can be also seen as an interesting and in-depth detective work. What amazed me the most was how often Van Gogh was in distress yet able to keep painting. Symptoms for mental illness were clear but back then the treatment for mental illness was very minimal and rudimentary. After reading this book, I can never look at Van Gogh and his painting the same way. I feel deeply sorrowful for what Van Gogh went through in his short and intense life, however, I think the world is so much richer for what he had done.
An animated biography drama film called Loving Vincent (http://lovingvincent.com/) was released last year. It is the world’s first fully painted animated feature film about Van Gogh’s death. It was an unique experience and beautifully done. This movie is also nominated for an Oscar this year. I’d recommend this film to anyone who is interested in Van Gogh’s story or looking for a different movie experience.
Loving Vincent [Bluray] ON ORDER
Van Gogh’s Ear (2016, Documentary)
Lust for Life (adapted from Irving Stone’s novel)
Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Picture book)
Camille and the Sunflowers (Picture book)
The Artist and Me (Picture book)
Van Gogh: His Life and Works in 500 Images : An Illustrated Exploration of the Artist, His Life and Context, With A Gallery of 280 of His Finest Paintings
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (2005, Documentary)
Mystical Landscapes: Vincent Van Gogh to Emily Carr (an exhibition from the AGO, 2016)
Irises: Vincent Van Gogh in the Garden
Van Gogh’s Imaginary Museum: Exploring the Artist’s Inner World