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Vincent van Gogh

By Briggs Berry


Van Gogh was born March 30th, 1853 and died July 20th, 1890. He was originally from Groot-Zundert in Brabant, a region of the Netherlands close to Belgium. 

He was the oldest child of five siblings, two brothers and three sisters, and his father was a Pastor. His youngest sister, Jacoba, who was his family favorite, shared some of his mental later in life. Vincent as a child was known as sensitive and kept to himself. He showed no inclinations toward painting as a child; he studied religions and was fluent in multiple languages. At age 16 he was sent to The Hague to work in an art firm, there is no information during the three years of him being there. His original inspiration began when he moved to the Courierres, during which he did a lot of drawing. He was a Dutch man who struggled from mental illnesses, and eventually killed himself. 


Background

His Style

 Vincent Van Gogh was a post-impressionist, neo-impressionism, and pointillism painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, high influenced twentieth century art. 

Post-impressionist: the work or style of a varied group of late 19th-century and early 20th-century artists including Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne. They reacted against the naturalism of the impressionists to explore color, line, and form, and the emotional response of the artist, a concern that led to the development of expressionism.

Neo-impressionism: a late 19th-century movement in French painting that sought to improve on impressionism through a systematic approach to form and color, particularly using pointillist technique. The movement's leading figures included Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Camille Pissarro.

Pointillism: a technique of neo-impressionist painting using tiny dots of various pure colors, which become blended in the viewer's eye. It was developed by Georges Seurat with the aim of producing a greater degree of luminosity and brilliance of color.



Title: The potato Eaters

Year‎: ‎1885

Medium‎: ‎Oil on canvas

Location‎: ‎Van Gogh Museum‎, Amsterdam

Title: Starry Night

Medium: ‎Oil on canvas

Location: ‎Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Year: ‎1889

Title: Café Terrace at Night

Medium‎: ‎Oil on canvas

Location‎: ‎Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Year‎: ‎1888

His Works

Title: Irises

Year: ‎May 1889

Location: ‎J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Title: The Yellow House

Location‎: ‎Van Gogh Museum‎, Amsterdam

Year‎: ‎1888

Medium‎: ‎Oil on canvas

Title: Wheatfield with Crows

Year‎: ‎July 1890

Location‎: ‎Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Dimensions‎: ‎50.2 cm × 103 cm (19.8 in × 41 in)

These two works of art are my favorite out of the six that i have choosen. I feel like both have captured the raw beauty of nature, night and day. The use of bright colors give it a happy and unadulterated naturalness the was captured. 

In Starry Night, the strokes give it an abstract vibe and the the limited use of color makes the town look like a natural occurrence. 

In Irises, it seems that the background is blurred to give the front blue flowers a portrait effect. 

In my eyes...