Contributed by Sharon Butler / While watching At Eternity�s Gate, Julian Schnabel�s new film about Vincent Van Gogh, I wondered if Schnabel had made the paintings and drawings himself, and it turns out he did. “When Willem [Dafoe as Van Gogh] is drawing, sometimes my arm is in one sleeve of his shirt�luckily Willem�s hands and mine look pretty similar,� he said in an interview with Nicholas Vivarelli in Variety. “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.
“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!� Read more.
At Eternity�s Gate, directed by Julian Schnabel.
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