"Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings." Vincent Van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh’s brushstrokes convey a sense of movement in paintings such as A Wheatfield with Cypresses. In turn, a team of over 100 artists and filmmakers have brought his works to life in a new film. 'Loving Vincent' is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Each frame is an oil painting on canvas, done with the same techniques that Van Gogh himself used.
Drawing on over 800 letters written by the painter, the film investigates Van Gogh’s life and death through over 120 of his paintings and the characters depicted in them. The film, by Oscar-winning film companies Breakthru Films and Trademark Films, stars Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Douglas Booth, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, and Jerome Flynn.
Ahead of its release, director Dorota Kobiela and producer Hugh Welchman discuss with curator Christopher Riopelle how the film developed creatively out of Vincent’s letters and paintings and the technical challenges of its production.
Dorota Kobiela, is director and co-writer of 'Loving Vincent'. Trained as a painter and animator, she was Poland’s Minister of Culture Scholar for four consecutive years and graduated 1st in her year from Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 2011 she completed the award-winning 'Little Postman', the world’s only 3D painting animation, and 'Chopin’s Drawings', a traditionally drawn animation.
Hugh Welchman is producer, co-director and co-writer of 'Loving Vincent'. A graduate of Oxford University and the UK’s National Film and Television School, Hugh has produced 16 short films and a feature for his company Breakthru Films, winning over 20 prizes at international festivals, including the 2008 Best Short Animation Oscar for 'Peter and the Wolf'. Welchman is also a Visual Effects Producer with credits including the Edith Piaf biopic, 'La Vie En Rose'.
Christopher Riopelle is Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery. He previously held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, California. He has curated many exhibitions including Inventing Impressionism (2015), Peder Balke (2015) and Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art (2016).