Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin

Vincent Van Gogh painting Sunflowers, painted by Paul Gauguin in 1888
Vincent Van Gogh painting Sunflowers, painted by his friend Paul Gauguin in southern France in 1888 (© Wikipedia/Coll.Van Gogh Museum)

Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were two of the greatest painters of their age. The nine stormy weeks they spent working together in Arles in the south of France at the end of 1888 marked one of the most important and intriguing examples of artistic collaboration in history.
That story became widely known to mass audiences through the Irving Stone novel and film “Lust for Life”, and it was also the focus of a major exhibitions. “The Studio of the South”, as they called it, refers to Vincent’s desire to launch an artists’ collective under a new sun in the years following impressionism, the attempt by each artist to influence the other with their own distinct approach to nature and memory, and the lasting impact of those brief but momentous nine weeks.

This documentary was awarded a Silver World Medal in International Radio Programming at the 2002 New York Festivals.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer

Original Broadcast: 13 September 2001.