Vincent Van Gogh

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 Vincent Van Gogh

Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre 1887

Vincent Van Gogh

March 30, 1853 -July 29, 1890

His LifeAfter Van Gogh's unsuccessful attempts as an art dealer, a teacher, and a clergyman, he decided in his twenties to devote himself to painting and drawing. He worked often in the open air. Van Gogh expressed his love of the countryside and his concern for the peasants in rural landscapes and potrayal of working women. After Van Gogh ended up cutting a portion of his own ear lobe off he alternated between madness and lucidity and was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment where the painting Starry Night was created. Later when he was released he moved to Auvers-sur-Oise under the watchful eye of a doctor. Two months later he was dead, having shot himself "for the good of all." During his short career he had sold one painting.

The White House at Night June 1890

Starry Night over the Rhone 1888

Post-Impressionists pushed the ideas of the Impressionists into different directions. The word "Post-Impressionism" indicates the link to the original Impressionist ideas and the exaggeration from those ideas.

TextureHe used rich impastos with brushstrokes that echoed the forms of the subject often working wet-into-wet so that the colors were slurred together. The thick paint went over already dry underlayer or he worked in a criss cross pattern of strokes.

ColorVan Gogh’s painting was a whole language. In which line and color were to interpret feelings and a personal vision. Van Gogh was able to express "those terrible things, men's passions" by using red and green. He saw certain colors juxtaposition and contrasts as having their own symbolic significance. They way Van Gogh's used paint was very personal and equally expressive. He used bright vibrant colors. He also used off-white, gray, white, and warm pinks.

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