In Vincent’s lifetime, he sold only one painting, for four hundred francs. His critics labeled his work “madness” in which “blood and fire appear to have usurped the place of color.” But his story is so much more than that of the misunderstood artist who cut off his own ear. His life was one of great passions and even greater turmoil, ultimately ending in suicide one summer day in 1890.
As seen through the eyes of Theo, played brilliantly by James Briggs, Vincent van Gogh lives on as a symbol of inspiration, courage, passion and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us. At times, Briggs also becomes Vincent and embodies the loving, passionate and brilliant man so cherished by his brother. BroadwayWorld.com described Briggs’ performance as “flawless” and “masterful” and stated, “He is a thoroughly-engaging, eloquent narrator bringing great warmth, genuineness of feeling and utter conviction to every aspect of his performance.”
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