At Eternity’s Gate
↳ “So well, I’d like to die like this.”
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At Eternity’s Gate
↳ “When I get like this, I don’t know what I’m capable of.”
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It pains me to know that you’re still in a state of incomplete health. Although nothing in your letter betrays weakness of mind, on the contrary, the fact that you judge it necessary to enter an asylum is quite serious in itself.
– Theo to Vincent from Paris, 24 April 1889
Vincent & Theo the movie…
Because there has already been a movie about Vincent and Theo you can bet At Eterntiy’s Gate won’t be overly focused on that relationship. Nevertheless it gives some insight into some of what we might see from Rupert in the role of Theo. Here’s the trailer to the 1990 movie:
And this is how Wiki describes the film and Theo and Vincent’s relationship:
Noel Murray has summarised this aspect, “Altman and screenwriter Julian Mitchell contrast Theo’s life—which mostly consists of him guiding rich people through galleries and selling them paintings he despises—with Vincent’s gradual development of his own voice and style, through hard physical labor. Vincent & Theo also shows both men as warped by a similar madness, torn between their lusts for sex and alcohol, and their yearnings for social respectability and religious connection.”
Here’s a pic of Theo …
I see a little Rupertishness in that bone structure, what do you think?
And here’s his wife, Johanna.
So, about At Eternity’s Gate…
The film most likely takes place in the last few years of Vincent’s life – he died in 1890. Here’s what was going on with Theo during these years.
In 1886, Theo invited Vincent to come and live with him in Paris. (…) Theo introduced Vincent to Paul Gauguin [played by Oscar Isaacs – FMRF], Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, Camille Pissarro and Georges Seurat, and in 1888 he persuaded Gauguin to join Vincent, who had moved to Arles.
Theo van Gogh married Johanna Bonger in Amsterdam on 17 April 1889 and they moved to Paris. Their son Vincent Willem was born in Paris on 31 January 1890. On 8 June, the family visited Vincent, who was living near Paris in Auvers-sur-Oise. Vincent died in July 1890 at age 37.
Theo’s health deteriorated in the months after the death of his brother. He was admitted to the Willem Arntz Hospital, a psychiatric hospital, in Den Dolder on 18 November 1890. (…) He died on 25 January 1891. The cause of death was listed as dementia paralytica caused by “heredity, chronic disease, overwork, sadness”.
Sadness, addiction, and brain afflictions… we think Rupert’s pretty much got this down by now. Can we put in an order for a happy rom com next, Mr. Friend? Pretty please?
Great insights and intel! Thank you!