Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs

Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh (left) and Oscar Issacs as Gauguin (middle) in At Eternity’s Gate

Contributed by Sharon Butler / While watching .  “I also did the painting he’s doing outside when he’s doing the landscape. The art department sent this painting that was absolutely unacceptable. I painted something in 20 minutes just to make it look viable.

Dafoe as Van Gogh painting en plein air
Dafoe as Van Gogh painting en plein air

“I would just stand there and I would be painting (check out 1:11 in the trailer posted above). The paintings on the wall, for example, the [famous] self-portrait with the pipe. I needed to paint it so it looked like Willem as van Gogh, but it also had to look pretty much like the original painting, and so I made a couple of those. And also the Gaugain painting that’s on the wall, I painted Oscar Isaac as Gauguin!”

, directed by Julian Schnabel.

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1 thought on “Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs”

  1. I look forward to seeing this film now. Having recently learned about Julian and his plate paintings. I’m excited to see a film about an artist from a director who is also a painter.

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