But I just wondered, between you and me, in 100 words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
Well, big question. But, to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly, the most popular, great painter of all time, the most beloved. His command of colour the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no-one had ever done it before. Perhaps no-one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.
One of the finest part of the show I’ve ever seen. Nearly brought tears to my eyes. We all know that Van Gogh had lived a tough life and his paintings ain’t worth a penny while he’s still alive. So the Doctor took him to the future and showed him that his life is worthwhile and valuable.
Tear jerking moment indeed.