“Van Gogh Shadow” by Luca Agnani

This curious experiment by Luca Agnani adds movement and lighting effects to thirteen paintings by Vincent van Gogh. You can judge for yourself whether it’s an improvement on van Gogh’s originals.

(via Laughing Squid)


  • http://okreza.blogspot.com/ reza

    if certain parts were animated more painterly it’d be super crazy, but the magics still there, gets u in the scene

  • fabio tonetto

    The last scene of the walking baby it’s really funny.

  • chiliconkyle

    Some of them are a little funky but a few are amazing. I felt particularly submersed in “Bedroom in Arles” and “Fishing Boats on the Beach” and found myself wanting to stay in the paintings. I also enjoyed the people walking from afar in “Langlois Bridge at Arles” and the street scene in “The Yellow House.” Van Gogh is fantastic and I really appreciate any take on his work, especially one as unique as this by Agnani, though nothing will surpass the originals.

    And no, I did not know the names of the painting mentioned above but looked them up out of respect.

  • kupocake

    I wouldn’t say it’s an improvement on the original Van Gogh (how can anything be an improvement on Van Gogh??), but it is definitely gorgeous to look at and all around lovely. I’d love to see more of this on other prolific artists!

  • Ant G

    I don’t think “improvement” is necessarily the right word since it unfairly pits the two together. They’re different mediums, wholly different contexts, can’t be compared. One is a misunderstood painter who made paintings for himself that were against the grain and rejected at his time; And the other is an animator showcasing technical skills and using the image of the painter to add a surface to a work that is otherwise purely for the sake of showing skills and technology. It’s not at the service to the painter, in fact I think it takes away from the paintings. Those dark colorless shadows don’t fit well in a Van Gogh at all. But, it comes off as an experiment to an idea with the potential to develop hugely; many movies have come out that animates paintings and yet this still looks unique to me :)

  • https://vimeo.com/channels/wharton Brett Wharton

    Neat idea, but I think most the scenes needed way more keep-alive motion. It was awkward to me that most of the scenes only had one element moving and the rest of the picture completely still. I liked the factories at 1:23 and the bedroom at 1:05 though. I was looking forward through the whole thing to seeing Starry Night animated. I thought he was saving that for the climax but it never came :/

  • KenG

    I love the idea of it. But not the execution. Would love to see this idea expanded with other animators.

  • Bruce Richards

    Kurosawa in “Dreams of Vincent Van Gogh” visits this in 1990. Van Gogh and the other Impressionists were more about “flattening” the painting with color, texture etc. which then lead to the further flattening of the image in the XX century with Cubism. Shadows, by nature and effect, give the sculptural quality to the object reversing the effects of flattening and the diminishing of shadow done by the artist. To “improve” on something, both artists need to be pursuing the same goal, so it can be an “apples to apples” comparison. The last point is painting usually depicts a single frame, a moment, hopefully a key moment which separates it from the time and movement given it here. Van Gogh gives us a single focus, without time. The animation takes that away by constantly moving the eye in a predetermined movement and disallows the viewer the same sense of discovery that is found in the original.

  • http://www.erikahimsl.com/ Erika H

    This is a really cool idea. It is a bit weird having only one or a few elements moving at a time, but the effect is still really pretty. I’d love to see this used with other artists’ work.

    It’s neat to see painting and animation combined here. I always wished I could make my paintings move!