Van Gogh | Portraits of the Artist
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 05 January 1998
DURATION | 14 minutes 05 seconds
One of the most well-known facts about the artist Vincent van Gogh is that he cut off a part of his own ear. In the first of this series looking at the lives and passions of men and women in history, Frank Delaney explores the sometimes grisly story of Van Gogh's existence. He reveals the artist's troubled upbringing, the inspirations for his painting and the fervour that drove his talent and his illness.
Prolific author Frank Delaney was born in Tipperary, Ireland. He began his broadcasting career with Irish state network RTE and later began working for BBC Northern Ireland. He has interviewed more than 3,000 subjects for various TV and radio shows, including 'Bookshelf' and 'Omnibus', and written numerous factual books, novels and short stories, as well as plays and scripts for the screen, such as a recent adaptation of 'Goodbye, Mr Chips' for ITV.
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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