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“… provides the thrill
of seeing masterworks
by a painter in a visually
dazzling fashion”

—The Hollywood Reporter

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Film Information - Van Gogh: Brush With Genius


s_vangogh2Plunge into the heart of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and retrace the artist’s life as we read his letters and take in the beautiful locations that inspired him. Discover the fantastic colors and distinctive brushwork of a genius, far removed from the “tragic artist” image which he is known.

Relive van Gogh’s life, from the time of his first canvases at the age of 27 to his death in 1890.  The film covers the surprisingly short 9-year period of the artist’s career during which he painted more than 900 paintings.  From the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise, and passing through Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris, we follow van Gogh’s footsteps and journey through the landscapes that inspired some of the most important works in art history.   From the dazzling yellow of van Gogh’s cornfields to the deep blue of his famous night sky, the vibrant palette of one of the world’s most dazzling painters lights up the giant screen.


“The comparison between the painted and celluloid-caught landscapes becomes truly breathtaking in IMAX...."
The Hollywood Reporter

“A sensory bath of paint and light.”
The Boston Globe

“…a roller coaster of imagery that astounds and moves us, still.”
Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

“…extraordinary depth and gorgeous visuals…Van Gogh doesn’t need rock music or 3D to hold viewers of his works spellbound…you need not be a van Gogh aficionado to become a fan of this film... ”
Quad City Times, Davenport, IA

“…a priceless resource for any teacher interested in giving students insight into the part that passion and determination play in art or any other endeavor. Visually beautiful—you expect that from IMAX-type movies—but it’s also thoughtful and deeply moving….”
The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO


  • Grand Prix Award—La Geode Film Festival, 2009
  • Best Film of the Year—Giant Screen Theater Association, 2009
    Best Film For Learning—Giant Screen Theater Association, 2009
    Best Original Score—Giant Screen Theater Association, 2009
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    Van Gogh: Brush with Genius      
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    Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius Poster

    MacGillivray Freeman Films
    presents a film
    by Peter Knapp & François Bertrand

    A film for IMAX® Theatres
    and giant screen cinemas