Julian Schnabel Does Van Gogh

I wanted to make a movie that wasn’t about Van Gogh. I wanted the audience to feel what it was to be him.”

Julian Schnabel’s latest film At Eternity’s Gate chronicles the last two years of the life of Vincent Van Gogh, a time when the artist lived in the south of France, was most prolific and most depressed. Van Gogh is played by Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for Best Actor in a drama at this years’ Golden Globe Awards. The role has also gotten Dafoe an Oscar nomination. He’s had three previous Oscar nominations, but this is his first in the lead actor category.

Willem Dafoe and Julian Schnabel have been friends for thirty years. Schnabel not only taught Dafoe how to paint to prepare him for the role, he also created paintings for the film, to keep it authentic. He repainted the famous self-portrait, of Van Gogh with his pipe, to look like Dafoe as Van Gogh. The film’s title is taken from a painting Sorrowing Old Man (At Eternity’s Gate) that Van Gogh completed just months before his death. At Eternity’s Gate was filmed in the south of France, in the same locations where van Gogh painted.

“I wanted to make a movie that wasn’t about Van Gogh.” Schnabel said, “I wanted the audience to feel what it was to be him.” A few weeks ago, Schnabel married Louise Kugelberg, one of the film’s screenwriters. This is Schnabel’s third marriage. Julian Schnabel has directed films in the past, including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in 2007, which garnered four Academy Award nominations and for which Schnabel received a Golden Globe for Best Director. The movie is now in wide release in the U.S.

Julian Schnabel’s Works at VFA

Julian Schnabel’s work is large and textured, much like the artist himself. Schnabel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. His family moved to Texas when he was fourteen. After graduating from the University of Houston with a BFA, Schnabel attended the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.

His plate paintings…large paintings done on a background of broken ceramic plates, gained him international attention. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Tate Gallery, London and many other major museums around the world.

In his 1998 View of Dawn series Schnabel combined paint and resin on screenprint, creating a unique surface. We have several versions of the View of Dawn series available in our gallery.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Julian Schnabel available at VFA.

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References:
Nick Vivarelli. Julian Schnabel on Doing Some van Gogh Paintings Himself for ‘At Eternity’s Gate’. Variety. November 30, 2018.
Brian Welk. How Willem Dafoe Became an ‘Extension’ of ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Director Julian Schnabel. The Wrap. January 22, 2019.
Matt Grobar. Willem Dafoe Learned How To Paint—And How To See—On ‘At Eternity’s Gate’. Deadline Hollywood. January 2, 2019.
Roger Friedman. Exclusive: Famed Artist and Director Julian Schnabel Marries for a Third Time, to Interior Designer-Film Editor Louise Kugelberg. Showbiz.411. January 7, 2019.
New Artwork for Sale at VFA

New Artwork for Sale at VFA

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Just as autumn ushers in a delightful change of weather in South Florida, so too do we embrace the changes brought by provocative new artwork for sale at our Boca Raton art gallery. Here’s a look at some of the artists and pieces that have visitors buzzing as of late.


When it comes to Optical Art masters, Colombian-born painter Omar Rayo is one of the movement’s pioneers, heralded for his heady geometric multi-dimensional works. Raiz Katia, an acrylic on canvas currently on display, captures the essence of what made Rayo one of the most highly acclaimed Latin Contemporary artists.

Omar Rayo, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2010, is memorialized in part by the Museum of Rayo de Dibujo y Grabado Latinamericano − founded by the artist in 1981, in Colombia. The museum features over 2,000 Rayo works, as well as hundreds by other Latin artists. Omar Rayo remains an inspiration to many thriving Latin American artists and others, and his works are featured in galleries and museums worldwide.


Another Optical Art master drawing attention at Vertu Fine Art is Richard Anuszkiewicz – best known for his calculated color manipulations that result in marvelous capture and release of illumination. In Orange Family, an acrylic on panel, the artist produced a captivating chromatic exploration that truly must be viewed in person to fully comprehend its illusory effects, which we periodically describe as, “basking in the warm glow.”

Anuszkiewicz, who trained under Bauhaus artist Joseph Albers, helped to launch the American Op Art movement at a time when Victor Vasarely was pioneering the movement in Europe.


Born in Newark, NJ in the mid 1940s, Barbara Kruger is a modern Pop Artist who efficiently worked her way through high level design positions with famous women’s publications, such as Mademoiselle Magazine and House and Garden, prior to developing her own iconic brand. Like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Johns, her commercial design background served to immerse her in the powerful American cultural themes of consumerism and pop iconography.

Kruger is internationally recognized for her particular brand of Pop, with bold text simply stated that commands viewer attention, demands pause for a moment of introspection. Her most highly sought prints consist of the artist’s trademark colors – black, white and red. Culture Vulture, now hanging in our Boca Raton gallery, is emblematic of the artist’s style. Like another popular Kruger statement, “Your body is a battleground,” Culture Vulture causes us to stop to and inquire, simply, “Who?” Only to be flooded with potential answers, while we contemplate.


Also new at VFA, four works in a series from electrifying American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. The artist known for his large scale broken ceramic “plate paintings” and perhaps equally so for directing such highly acclaimed films as Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Basquiat (about painter Jean-Michel Basquiat). Schnabel rose to fame in the 1980s and is considered a central figure of the Neo-expressionism movement. Living and working in NYC and Montauk, Long Island, the artist is never far from the media spotlight, often garnering attention for his artistic endeavors, brash statements and celebrity status.

Julian Schnabel’s View of Dawn from the Tropics series of hand painted color screenprints with poured resin embody many of the features for which the artist is best known – large scale abstract works employing multiple techniques applied in various layers, with bold lines and intriguing colors.


Charles Hinman, one of the great living American Contemporary Art masters, is another featured artist at VFA. In the 1960s, Hinman began working outside the conventions of a singular rectangular canvass, creating unique three dimensional works consisting of various uniquely shaped canvases united.

The artist’s Sprinter, currently displayed at our Boca Raton gallery, is a must see. True to Charles Hinman’s intention, his sculptured canvases are visually malleable to their surroundings, heavily manipulated by angles of light that strike the exposed surface. In this regard, Hinman’s works provide rather exciting opportunities for collectors to re-imagine the impact of a singular work, based upon its placement and infinite options with regard to the application of natural and artificial light to emphasize different aspects.


If you’re planning to visit us at Vertu Fine Art, feel free to to set an appointment or simply stop by during gallery hours. If you are seeking works from a specific artwork for sale or genre, or have inquiries of any nature, we are always happy to assist.

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