Mark Rylance and Julius D'Silva read from a new edition of Van Gogh's prodigious correspondence.
This selection illustrates the artist's contradictions and complexities: his self-doubt and his passionate ambition; his close bond with his brother Theo; and his sometimes troubled relationships with other family members and fellow artists. What emerges above all is his overriding passion for his art.
Abridged by Doreen Estall.
Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.