It’s a sure bet to ask for certain thing and Vincent Van Gogh is sure to turn up in most discussions of art. Vince, or as Charles Bukowski calls him Van and his brother Theo are two icons of art as if they set the stage and planned it all. The whole story has become a pleasant fairy tale story of pain and searching for the torch of greatness. Well deserved but hardly rewarded for each of the brothers.
Documentary is a pleasant way to present our artists and we hope you like them. Book is another form and way of presenting biographies and biography of famous artists is another tool to understanding the art. Vincent, Vincent, Theo, Gaunguin are all part of the mystique, cutting the ear off, presenting it, the psychiatrist, the sunflowers, the starry starry night. Vincent Van Gogh is our famous artist our mystery man, our story.
Januszczak has an approach that includes wonder without the glitz of the modern made for TV docudramas. He’s refreshing and educational. Bravo!
Waldemar Januszczak is Britain’s most distinguished art critic.
…. Formerly the art critic of The Guardian, he now writes for The Sunday Times
Waldemar has been making television art films for many years, as both presenter and director. Since 1997, he has run his own production company ZCZ Films. His films include:
Picasso: Magic, Sex And Death (Channel 4, 2000), by the artist’s friend and biographer, John Richardson
The Michelangelo Code: Lost Secrets of the Sistine Chapel (Channel 4, 2005)
Vincent: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2004)
Gauguin: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2005)
Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story (Channel 4, 2006)
Paradise Found (Channel 4, 2005), a pictorial history of Islamic art
The Truth About Art (Channel 4, 1998)
Every Picture Tells a Story (Channel 5, 2003/4)