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About this collection

After his death, Van Gogh came to symbolise the notion of a tortured artist. He was misunderstood and underrated in his lifetime, but his paintings now sell for record-breaking amounts.

This collection brings together programmes from the BBC's archives to explore this troubled man. Critics provide in-depth analysis of his work, often using Van Gogh's letters for information, while broadcasts for schools and news items reveal some of the reasons why Van Gogh remains so fascinating to art lovers.

Van Gogh Collection

Cecil Day-Lewis.

Monitor

Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1962
13 MINUTES

The life and work of Vincent van Gogh in pictures.

A pencil-drawn self portrait by Van Gogh.

Artists' Notebooks

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

BROADCAST 1964
29 MINUTES

A programme for schools on the life and art of Van Gogh.

Valerie Singleton.

Blue Peter

Van Gogh's Lost Painting

BROADCAST 1970
6 MINUTES

How did a lost art treasure end up in a junk shop?

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.

Canvas

7: Sunflowers: Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1971
15 MINUTES

Paul Harris looks at Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.

Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night - a cafe illuminated in yellow.

One Hundred Great Paintings: Cities

Van Gogh (1853-1890): Cafe Terrace at Night

BROADCAST 1980
11 MINUTES

David Hockney discusses a painting by Van Gogh.

Vincent Van Gogh. Self-portrait. Oil on canvas (1887).

One Hundred Great Paintings

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1981
10 MINUTES

How is Van Gogh's depression revealed in his self-portraits?

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' at auction in Japan, 1987.

The 9 O'Clock News

Van Gogh Painting Auctioned for Record £25 million

BROADCAST 1987
3 MINUTES

Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' breaks records at Christie's.

Tracey Macleod.

The Late Show

Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1990
7 MINUTES

Why are Van Gogh's paintings fetching such high prices at auction?

Vincent Van Gogh's 'Self-portrait with felt hat' (1887 - 1888).

Blue Peter

Van Gogh's Centenary

BROADCAST 1990
10 MINUTES

Why are Van Gogh's works thought to be so good?

Van Gogh's signature.

RSVP

Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1992
18 MINUTES

Matthew Parris examines the last letter from Van Gogh to his brother.

Alexander Reid, as painted by Van Gogh

The Great Picture Trail

Portrait of Alexander Reid, 1887

BROADCAST 1993
2 MINUTES

Graham Reid discusses a painting of his grandfather by Van Gogh.

The gravestone of Vincent van Gogh.

Revealed Lives

Van Gogh

BROADCAST 1998
14 MINUTES

Frank Delaney investigates Van Gogh as a self-mutilator.

Rolf Harris.

Rolf on Art

Van Gogh

BROADCAST 2001
29 MINUTES

Rolf Harris paints a self-portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

An eye of Alexander Reid, as painted by Van Gogh.

The Van Gogh Connection

BROADCAST 2002
27 MINUTES

How a painting of 'The Tiger Man' links Van Gogh with Scotland.

One of Van Gogh's paintings of Doctor Gachet.

PM

Van Gogh in Athens

BROADCAST 2008
5 MINUTES

A lost painting by Van Gogh surfaces in Athens.

Self-Portrait with bandaged ear by Vincent van Gogh, 1889.

The World Tonight

Van Gogh's Ear

BROADCAST 2009
3 MINUTES

Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?

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