Joan Brandwyn: Sunflowers. Vincent Van Gogh. 1888.
Katherine Watson: He painted what he felt, not what he saw. People didn’t understand, to them it seemed childlike and crude. It took years for them to recognize his actual technique. To see the way his brush strokes seemed to make the night sky move. Yet, he never sold a painting in his lifetime. This is his self-portrait. There’s no camouflage, no romance. Honesty. Now, sixty years later, where is he?
Giselle Levy: Famous.
Katherine Watson: So famous, in fact, that everybody has a reproduction. There are post cards…
Connie Baker: We have the calendar.
Katherine Watson: you go. With the ability to reproduce art, it is available to the masses. No one needs to own a van Gogh original, they can paint their own. Van Gogh in a box, ladies! The newest form of mass-distributed art; paint by numbers.
Connie Baker: ”Now everyone can be van Gogh. It’s so easy. Just follow the simple instructions and in minutes, you’re on your way to being an artist.”
Giselle Levy: Van Gogh by numbers?
Katherine Watson: Ironic, isn’t it? Look at what we have done to the man who refused to conform his ideals to popular taste. Who refused to compromise his integrity. We have put him in a tiny box and asked you to copy him.
Mona Lisa Smile (2003) - Dir.: Mike Newell