Kirk Douglas stars as the Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh in Vincente Minnelli's biopic. After giving away not only his own belongings but those of the church to impoverished Belgian miners, Van Gogh is reprimanded by his religious superiors. He turns to a life of squalor, but is saved by his brother, Theo. Van Gogh then develops a passion for painting, using a prostitute as his model. After alienating his patron and relative, Anton Mauve, Van Gogh moves to Paris, developing a close friendship with Gauguin. Anthony Quinn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Gauguin.