Van Gogh | Portraits of the Artist
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 August 1981
DURATION | 10 minutes 29 seconds
David Piper visits the Louvre in Paris to discuss Van Gogh's self-portraits in the context of his other works and portraits of the artist painted by some of his contemporaries.
After 18 years working at the National Portrait Gallery, art historian Sir David Piper served as its director from 1964 until 1967. He was later a director at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. His books include 'The English Face' and 'The Companion Guide to London'. He wrote novels using the name Peter Towry, most notably 'Trial by Battle' (1959), which was based on his experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. He died in 1990, aged 72.
The life and work of Vincent van Gogh in pictures.
A programme for schools on the life and art of Van Gogh.
How did a lost art treasure end up in a junk shop?
Paul Harris looks at Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.
David Hockney discusses a painting by Van Gogh.
How is Van Gogh's depression revealed in his self-portraits?
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' breaks records at Christie's.
Why are Van Gogh's paintings fetching such high prices at auction?
Why are Van Gogh's works thought to be so good?
Matthew Parris examines the last letter from Van Gogh to his brother.
Graham Reid discusses a painting of his grandfather by Van Gogh.
Frank Delaney investigates Van Gogh as a self-mutilator.
Rolf Harris paints a self-portrait in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
How a painting of 'The Tiger Man' links Van Gogh with Scotland.
A lost painting by Van Gogh surfaces in Athens.
Who cut off Van Gogh's ear?
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