The Doctor: Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
Curator: Well… um… 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 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.
I rewatched “Vincent and the Doctor” last night and was reminded of how beautiful that episode truly is. My favorite scene is when the Curator explains how wonderful Van Gogh was as an artist. It’s such an inspirational and emotional moment, and it was done magnificently. Definitely one of the best episodes of Who.
Also, how unbelievably convincing was Tony Curran as Vincent Van Gogh??? Brilliant!
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