Van Gogh had a very unique painting style and used very interesting technique. One of Van Gogh's most noticable styles was his large brush strokes that instil emotion and movement in his works. These feelings of emotion and movement are what make Van Gogh's work post-impressionist. Post-imressionism is the reaction against the naturalism of impressionists to development emotion by using color, line, or form. Many impressionists influenced Van Gogh because he grew up around them, but Monet influenced him the most with his abrupt colors and natural themes. More importantly Van Gogh influenced generation of artists. He is what made the post-impressionist movement so large, and what ultimately bled into the expressionist movement.
Van Gogh The Impressionist
The Courtesan: After Eisen is a panting that I was unaware of until I did this project and found it. Van gogh was very interested in Japanese artwork so he painted this masterpiece based on the woodcut by Kesai Eisen. He used a griding technique to copy Eisen's courtesan onto Van Gogh's peiece of art. A hidden message in this is that Van Gogh put a frog and a crane and the french words for those, grue (crane) and granouille (frog), were used as slang words for prostitute. The colors of the painting are all very earthy with blues, yellows, and greens and those are what treuly dominate the painting. This painting is very appealing to me because in my mind it is two very different things combined into a very cohesive and beautiful work of art. I find it very interesting how Van Gogh took a very foreign way of painting and made it his own. He added swirls in the kimono and the pond background is classic Van Gogh.
The Courtesan: After Eisen