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Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, a village in the southern province of North Brabant. He was the eldest son of the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. At the age of 16 he started work at the Hague gallery of the French art dealers, in which his uncle Vincent was a partner. Vincent was dismissed from the firm at the beginning of 1876. He then took a job as an assistant teacher in England, but disappointed by the lack of prospects he returned to Holland at the end of the year. He now decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a clergyman. After a brief spell of training as an evangelist, Van Gogh went to the Borinage mining region in the south of Belgium. In 1879, however, his appointment was not renewed. After a long period of solitary soul-searching in the Borinage, Van Gogh set his sights on becoming an artist. His earlier desire to help his fellow-man as an evangelist gradually developed into an urge, as he later wrote, to leave mankind "some memento in the form of drawings or paintings - not made to please any particular movement, but to express a sincere human feeling." His parents could not go along with this latest change of course, and the financial responsibility for Vincent passed to his brother Theo, who was now working in the Paris gallery of Boussod the successors of Goupil & Co. It was because of Theo's loyal support that Van Gogh later came to regard his oeuvre as the fruits of his brother's efforts on his behalf. When Van Gogh decided to become an artist, no one, not even he himself, suspected that he had extraordinary artistic gifts. He evolved astonishingly rapidly from an inept but fervent...
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The painting I have picked is Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night, which was done on oil canvas, in 1889. I'm not really familiar with Van Gogh's work, but this is one piece of work of his that stands out to me. Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night is an excellent painting in which Van Gogh paints a picture that is colorful and descriptive. This painting can be described as puzzling and fascinating. It can signify a variety of moods, objects, and atmosphere. Artwork can be, and was, found around the whole world. What makes art interesting is that it can be created in any way, shape or form with any materials. It seems that the artwork can also tell us a lot about the artist. In this case, the artwork is abstract art because of the following reasons. For example if you look at the sky in this picture you can see how it is in a swirling motion, in real life you would not see this kind of thing happening. In addition if you look at the stars in the sky they are unusually depicted making them look really big and bright, in real life you would not see stars like these unless your drunk or an asteroid was falling. Real stars are very small, not as bright as the ones in the painting and you could barely see them sometimes. Another way of telling that this painting is abstract art is by how bright of the light of the stars and moons are where they are almost lighting up the whole town. In real life the moon and stars could light up a town but not as bright as the one in the picture. In conclusion this painting has many different feelings, meaning a person could see it totally differently...
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added: 12/22/2011
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added: 12/17/2011
How do you explain the world to a person that is blind? How do you define the beauty of the surroundings to someone who has never seen beauty? How do you describe a painting such as "The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Fatte"? "The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Fatte" Imagine, it's a Sunday evening, You and that someone special in your life decide to take a romantic boat ride on the beautiful Seine River in Italy. The water is perfect for rowing. Just as you arrive the sun is beginning to set; it is now reflecting a reddish orange color on the water. You sit back and enjoy the slight breeze and all the surrounding beauty. As you continue on your journey you soon come up to a long white stony bridge with 3 beautiful archways. Even the shadowing as you pass under is intriguing. Once you are through, you see a couple in a boat, and a couple standing on the bridge being mesmerized by the same atmosphere. As the sun continues to go down, the sky becomes even more beautiful as it takes on a mystic form. Beginning to feel like you're really there? Well, all this is shown in Vincent Van Gogh's portrait, "The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Fatte". Although we are not actually there, just viewing or picturing the portrait is breath taking in itself. As one writer said, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" and the essence of it is in the imagination of the believer....
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added: 11/25/2011
The three works that I chose to analyze were done in two different periods; two were post impressionistic and one was impressionistic. Vincent VanGogh and Claude Monet are artists that are both memorable and timeless in their expression of art. Impressionism was developed in France and the followers of the movement were dedicated to make their art reflect contemporary realty in their society. On the other hand Post-Impressionism does not denote a single style, while the artists sought to bring meaning to their work while trying to retain basic values that prevail throughout impressionism. Claude Monet and fellow colleagues united in their discontent against traditional artistic conceptions gave birth to what we now term as "impressionistic art." One such work that conceptualizes this phrase is The Stroll. Post Impressionism sought to build on the fundamentals of impressions but give it a depth and meaning; two works of Vincent VanGogh's that epitomize this are the Starry Night and Wheat Field with Crows. Impressionism emphasized painting directly from nature, eliminating the black and white outlines and shadows that were typical of academic painting. Claude Monet's The Stroll epitomizes the Impressionistic concept of "the glance". The work shows Mrs. Monet in the midst of a stroll with a beautiful backdrop; where the image is almost superimposed with the background. The work is given an unreal quality where the viewer doesn't know where the clouds begin and Mrs. Monet's scarf ends. The spiraling folds of her dress give the viewer the impression of a gentle breeze blowing through the painting. One is almost enraptured when looking at the painting (almost snapshot) of a young Mrs. Monet with her son taking an evening walk. Monet imparts to the viewer a sense of depth with his vivid use of colors to separate and collude both the characters...
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added: 12/11/2011
Vincent Van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, in 1853. When he was in his teens he would go help his uncle who was an art dealer. In 1878, Vincent was studying to become a minister, but he failed his theology exams and could not be ordained. He became a preacher instead, and he preached for a poor coal –mining district. Van Gogh soon became interested in art, and in 1880, he started it as a profession. He started out doing still lifes and scenes of pleasant life done in dark colors. In 1886, he went to Paris, France and experimented with impressionism and other modern styles. He also painted scenes or suburban and city life, and Vincent began to collect Japanese prints, which really influenced his work. In 1888, Van Gogh moved again, this time to Arles in Southern France. The sunlight and landscaping there inspired him to use more vivid colors. Because of his strong commitment with God, he started using the beauty of God's natural world in his art works. He tried to show the presence of God in other living things through his paintings. Vincent even made a self- portrait. It shows a man of intensity and vision. Gauguin, a friend of Van Gogh's, visited him in Arles. The visit was ended short because Vincent threatened Gauguin with a razor blade and ended up cutting off a piece of his own earlobe. Vincent spent the rest of his life fighting a mental illness that we are still not sure about to this day. When he realized that that his condition would never improve, Van Gogh committed suicide in 1890. Although Van Gogh was one of the most famous painters in modern art, he had only sold one painting during his entire lifetime and received little recognition. Now his paintings are displayed...
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Portrait of the Peasant by Vincent van Gogh. Vincent van Gogh has always been an interesting artist who has captured the attention and admiration of many artists, critics and mere admirers. Like many artists during his life he suffered many disappointments, which in turn caused him to go through some transitions in style and subject matter regards to his work. It is quite interesting to actually see the changes that occurred in his life through his work, a gift that not many artists are blessed with in their lives. Appropriately enough, as I entered the Norton Simon Museum, I noticed two bright colored paintings by van Gogh. One of the paintings was entitled " The Mulberry Tree" and the other "Portrait of a Peasant". He painted both of these in Arles in 1988, a time of an obvious transition in his style and approach to color. However, it is the later of the two paintings that really caught my attention. While both paintings were colorful and endearing, what instantly attracted me to "Portrait of a Peasant" was the way in which van Gogh used the colors at their truest value to not only display an image, but also to display emotion. The intense eye-catching colors of this piece brightened up the entire room of the museum. The work is painted using oil on a canvas, illustrated a peasant named Patrience Escalier, an old gardener and shepard. Escalier was chosen as the subject of his painting partly because he reminded van Gogh of his own father. In this work, van Gogh positioned Escalier very close to the plane. This technique was inspired by Japanese printings that used a different approach in illustrating a portrait. This is why the face of peasant is really flat and the lines are outlined, surfacing the picture plane. The background...
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Vincent Van Gogh, the creator of The Starry Night, was born in Groot Zundert, The Netherlands on March 30th, 1853. Van Gogh was the son of Theodorus van Gogh, a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Van Gogh mainly painted and drew images of the poor in the early stages of his career. Van Gogh eventually painted his first important work in 1885, The Potato Eaters. In 1886, Van Gogh moved in with his brother in Paris and further improved as an artist. He stayed true to his own unique style, but was influenced by the Impressionists and the Japanese art. His art became more colorful and bold. Van Gogh moved to Arles where he painted his blossom works. Later, Gauguin moved in with him. During a fit of irritation, Van Gogh cut off the bottom lobe of his left ear. He continued to suffer mentally and emotionally. He eventually was committed to an asylum. It is at this asylum that Van Gogh painted his famous The Starry Night. He continued to battle with his mental illness and created more paintings. Finally, in 1890, Van Gogh set out to paint in the fields of Auvers and shot himself in the chest. Van Gogh's work was increasingly becoming more critically acclaimed at the time of his death and was the beginning of the Expressionist era. Van Gogh's varying mental stability, depression, and nomadic lifestyle influenced his work. Specifically, Starry Night is a visual art piece in the form of an oil painting on canvas. Its size is 29" x 36 ¼". The painting's physical appearance is that of representational art with a unique perspective of a night sky. The lines Van Gogh painted are thick and imply tremendous movement. The eye is drawn to the flow of the lines...
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Vincent van Gogh had definitely earned the respect from Paris avant-garde, and even through history, he still remained one of the greatest artists. Van Gogh became an artist at the age of 27. He created hundreds of bold, brilliant paintings. Due to the fast city pace, it had affected his psychological condition. As a result, he preferred to work by himself. When he was 33, he moved to Paris, becoming into a brilliant colorist. Two years later, he moved to Arles, producing bold, bright paintings and drawings at a miraculous rate. He started suffering illness of insanity. He moved to Auvers, near Paris, continuing to paint in his own way. Unfortunately, he killed himself at the age of 37. His work represents the epitome of expressionism: color, line, and brush stroke are used to express his emotional response to the subject rather than to describe it correctly. The Night Cafe painted in 1888, was meant to convey a darker side of the world through the distortion of colors, the content of the painting, and the symbols (For example, the clock) that lied within the painting. The Night Cafe is Oil on Canvas, 28.5" x 36.25". In the painting, there were people resting, beer bottles on the table, empty and chairs, and the clock, which indicated the lateness of time. It had an unusual perspective the floor of the cafe covers a large portion of the canvas. It almost appeared as that the artist was suspended high the room to achieve this vantage point. The gas lighting had been introduced at that time, and it allowed the cafe to stay opened very late, as it indicated on the clock. Because of the lateness of time, the night cafe often attracted homeless and drifters. The lighting in the cafe was very dim, and it...
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Through most of his life Vincent van Gogh suffered greatly from some form of mental illness, according to writer Philip Vickers the illness "was probably epilepsy." Because of this illness van Gogh lived in the small French village of Auvers where he spent the last months of his life, while creating some his most monumental works that include Starry Night, Wheat Fields Under Clouded Ski, Wheat Field with Crows, The Church at Auvers, and Vineyards at Auvers. Vincent stayed in Auvers at the Ravoux Inn until his suicide in July of 1890. Vincent had the unique ability to paint things as he they were viewed through his psyche. He had an emphasis on what was relative to his mind although not so to others who viewed these paintings. Many images of van Gogh are inanimate objects that possess characteristics normally not associated with a church, cypress tree, or night sky. Vineyards at Auvers an oil on canvas is a Post-Impressionistic work measuring about 16 X 22 inches, and like many of van Gogh's works it gives a remarkable look at the French countryside; however, this image is conveyed in less than traditional style. The passionate use of the brush creates an extremely rough and unfinished look while viewing the work closely. Beautiful greens and browns are used to accent the foreground of grasses and pastures while a meandering picket fence seems to stroll across the countryside like a weary traveler seeking refuge from the elements. The fence gives both dimension and motion to the work. It begins in the foreground near heraldic left of the painting angling toward the center and then taking a subtle line toward the heraldic left once again before disappearing off the canvas. Another fence or stonewall crosses the center of the panting again breaking up the different...
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