On Thursday on Channel 4, look out for The Yellow House, a film about when painter Paul Gauguin went to live and work with Vincent van Gogh in Arles. The few weeks in the autumn/winter of 1888 when they were housemates was a complete disaster for Vincent’s fragile mental health. But between them they produced some of the finest paintings ever made; for example, Vincent painted The Sunflowers to decorate Gauguin’s bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine, Arles.
It stars (left) John Simm of ‘Life on Mars’ fame as Vincent, and (right) John Lynch as Gauguin. As a van Gogh aficionado I’ll no doubt be shouting at the telly when the scriptwriters gets basic facts wrong. Nevertheless, I shall surely enjoy John Simm’s interpretation of Vincent.