"Painting in the Dark: The Struggle for Art in A World Obsessed with Popularity" is the long overdue follow up to the Long Game Parts 1 & 2 which looked at the creative ups and downs of Leonardo da Vinci.
In this new video essay, I've taken a look at the forgotten difficult years of another celebrated artist and wondered what it means for creative people working today.
Written, Narrated, Directed and Edited by Adam Westbrook
With thanks to: Chris Oatley, Maike Venhofen, Cody Delistraty, Caroline Vanier, Jamie Norton
Patreon Beta Testers: Julianne McCartney, Kieron Tarrant, Japjeet Khalsa, Michael Pilosov, Robert Moran, Yiannis Volos, Chris Schaefer, Craig Warren, Brian Augsberger, Yaman, Hunter Reed, Matteo Rovatti.
All works of Vincent Van Gogh in the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Images of T.S. Elliot and Julia Margaret Cameron by kind permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London
Image of Elizabeth Gilbert by Erik Charlton
Image of Naquib Mahfouz by Misr2009