Van Gogh’s, Potato Eaters and Starry Night illustrate his transition from realism to post-impressionism. Vincent Van Gogh never gave up his style and insight in his early work compared to his later work. I will discuss the comparison of the Potato Eaters and Starry Night and even though there are obvious differences, the core of his passion and eccentricities can be seen. Furthermore, in the discussion of comparing and contrasting the two pieces, it will include his influences, color palette, humanitarian attributes and emotional expressionism. Jean Francois Millet, who was a social realist painter who inspired Van Gogh, and he studied at the Barbizon School. He painted rural life to show the poverty stricken people, capturing the lives of peasants at work. Making a statement on what is taking place in the world. Communicating through art to expose the poor conditions and physical hardships that hard working people are enduring. It is an invitation, to look into the working class environment, which is gritty, real and true. This stirred up controversy, because of its honest approach. Van Gogh felt inspired by this depiction of human that gave a sentimental quality and began to draw replicas of Millet’s work, he held his work in the highest regard, even to the point of holiness. This marked the beginning of his inspiration to form a personal, expressive, and religious stance on his art values and style. He has found his process and content that will be apparent in his future work. The Potato Eaters is Van Gogh’s realist style where he thought of “peasants to be closer to nature than other people”. This began his religious view to capture life’s divinity. It was his first painting, which is a scene of a family at the kitchen table eating supper. His view on the scene was that these people worked all day, then come home to enjoy dinner with the same hard working hands that helped to make the dish, therefore, earning them an honest, genuine meal. Van Gogh had sympathy for the peasants and furthered his passion for humanity. He studied them non-stop to explore their world. The color palette he chose was dark and crudely painted on, almost grungy. It’s a low-lit kitchen area, with the look and feel of exhaustion that the dark color palette engages the viewer to feel what is going on. Also, the color that is the weavers weave in the cloth and different fabrics have various colors, some broken colors, the grays have the most vibrant colors that balance each other out into a harmonious palette from a distance.
One of the most famous Post-Impressionists was the Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh believed that art was a form of expression. Painting was an emotional and spiritual experience for him. He painted not only how he interpreted his surroundings, but his sensations and feelings on his subjects. One of his most famous paintings, Starry Night, is a perfect representation of this Post-Impressionistic style of painting.
The piece of art work that I have selected is called Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. The lines observed in this picture are implied lines. The colors used in this picture are blue, yellow, grey, a pinch of hazel ,and a brownish black.There was also may water colors used in this picture. The picture shows a variation of swirls and circles. In the background , you can see that there are many wave-like mountains. This makes the picture more eye catching. Overlapping is used in this picture to bring out the different shapes . Such as , the triangles, circles and the crescent like shapes. This picture has many meanings to it. I hope to learn more about it in the future.
Vincent Van Gogh’s famous art work was the Starry Night. The colour of blue was known to be an emotional blue of from his perspective however to this day it is known as one of the most beautiful pieces due to that fact of the attention put in to each colour and the amount of detail of layers used to create a certain aspect of emotion.
As Van Gough pushed the bounds of impressionism, he helped create the class of post-impressionism and art that did not follow the traditional style. While held in an insane asylum Van Gough painted the “Starry Night,” a depiction of a small city and the night sky overhead. The piece was painted in the early morning before the sun was coming up looking out of his prison. Just as most impressionistic works of art are outside Van Gough followed the rule in this piece, however the scene is crafted from Van Goughs memory, with a city from his childhood and a landscape he couldn’t completely view from his location. It is clear that you can see the exaggerations in this painting when you look at the stars. It was painted during a time of mental insanity leading the artist to have a unique use of self expression and a shifted reality to create an abstract painting. The painting pulls more meaning and speculation because there is more then just a passive experience of looking at a painted landscape. Shown plainly is a landscape, using long brushstrokes that you can make out just like the one on the Sunrise. It also uses intense colors of blue, yellow, and orange
By the age of 27, van Gogh had been in turn a salesman in an art gallery, a French tutor, a theological student, and an evangelist among the miners at Wasmes in Belgium. Vincent felt a strong emotional attachment to the miners. He sympathized with their dreadful working conditions and did his best, as their spiritual leader, to ease the burden of their lives. These early works evidence were dark and serious, sometimes crude. Unfortunately, this unselfish desire would reach somewhat obsessive proportio...
...great masterpiece was in fact “Potato eaters” he had planned it for several years and created many practice sketches and paintings trying to bring the image in his head to life. The final painting consisted of 5 figures sitting around a table in the darkness, illuminated by a lamp, eating potatoes. Even in the darkness the intense emotions on the faces of the characters are seen clearly. The vibrant color and darkness allows the viewer to notice other aspects of the work. The viewer can see the soft gentle lines forming in the window behind the figures in the darkness, the picture frame hung on the wall, the large platter of potatoes and the weathered edges of the table, these aspects aren’t always noticed but are important to the work. They create an illusion that the building is the home for the residents and gives the impression of peasant life.
One can see Van Gogh’s emotional suffering and mental instability expressed through the tumultuous strokes of the dark night sky and the cypress associated with mourning. One can see Van Gogh’s hope and wonder through the simplicity of the lit villages and the hills.The result is a landscape made with curves and lines, the chaos in the night sky subverted by the formal arrangement of other
...retation of the painting some aspects were surprising to how dark and heavy hearted she could speak, she took an interesting perspective. However in her interpretative poem she found a perspective of the painting that connected with her. As she used every stroke of darkness painted into the canvas an opportunity to have it symbolize this darkness and evil that resides in the world. It told her story and her experience of a starry night. Similarly Van Gogh had used every stroke of light painted into the canvas to be a symbol of beauty, and a symbol of his fascination of the night sky and its illuminating lights. He uses swift movements of his brush to depict a sky that seem to be able to sweep the mind away from the frustrations of this world in to the dreamy night light. A single painting worth a million words tells many stories through every perspective.
The life span of 37 years saw Vincent Willem van Gogh (Vincent) in creating beautiful works he dearly loved. Painting was an avenue, which allowed him to express his inner thoughts or vent his struggles. My decision to research on Vincent’s painting, Starry Night (1889) came with the inspiration from Don Mclean’s Song, Starry Starry Night where his lyrics spoke about Vincent’s life that further intrigued me in writing this paper.
Painted by Vincent Van Gogh during a final burst of activity in Auvers before his suicide in July, Houses at Auvers features many of the characteristic elements typical of Van Gogh; the experimentation with color, texture, and thick brush strokes. This painting depicts the view and landscape in early summer, highlighting the patchwork of houses and the rolling greenery. Van Gogh’s unique, thick brush strokes lead the eyes through the painting, create texture and patterns and also highlight and shadow objects in the early summer sun, while his experimentation with color creates contrast and a bright, vibrant image.
Coming from a family greatly involved in art dealing, Vincent van Gogh was destined to have a place in the world of art. Van Gogh’s unique techniques and use of color, which clashed and differed greatly from the masters of the art world of his time, would eventually gain him the recognition as one of the founders of modern art. Van Gogh’s early life was heavily influenced by the role of his father who was a pastor and chose to follow in his footsteps. Although he abandoned the desire to become a pastor, van Gogh remained a spiritual being and was strong in faith. Plagued with a troubled mind and poor health, van Gogh’s life became filled with torment and isolation that would influence his career in later life as an artist. In his late twenties, van Gogh had decided that it was God’s divine plan for him to become a painter. His works would express through thoughtful composition and vibrant color, the emotions that he was unable to manifest in the real world. Van Gogh’s perception of reality and his technique would face harsh criticism and never receive full acceptance from his peers as a serious artist during his brief career. In a collection of correspondence entitled The Letters of a Post-Impressionist, Vincent confirmed these thoughts while writing to his brother Theo, “It irritates me to hear people say that I have no "technique." It is just possible that there is no trace of it, because I hold myself aloof from all painters” (27). His technique would later be marveled and revered by the art world. Vincent van Gogh’s legacy would thrive as it challenged the way the world envisioned modern art through his unique brush strokes and profound use of color as seen in his works The Sower and The Night Café. A brief look into...
In conclusion, Van Gogh used the elements above to create a man by himself in a field. He used color to represent feeling rather than represent realism of an event. The cool colors represent the field and happiness in his work. The warm colors represent the harshness of the day and could be a metaphor for life. He used scale and proportion to emphasis the overbearing sun. He also used proportion and scale to represent literally and figuratively how far away home was. The linear perspective was only evident to me after I really studied the used of lines. I followed the lines to the horizon and left side of the painting.
This painting by Vincent Van Gogh is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago Museum, in the Impressionism exhibit. There are many things going on in this painting that catch the viewer’s eye. The first is the piece’s vibrant colors, light blues and browns, bright greens, and more. The brush strokes that are very visible and can easily be identified as very thick some might even say bold. The furniture, the objects, and the setting are easy to identify and are proportioned to each other. There is so much to see in this piece to attempt to explain in only a few simple sentences.
Jackson Pollack and Vincent van Gogh are some of most famous artist before and after their time. Each artist has a similar and different painting methods that they use when painting pictures. There most well-known paintings are called “Number 1” and “The Starry Night”. The paintings give off emotion by how they look, but each one is painted in different ways. The public did not find their paintings wanting when they were made. The difference was how long it took for them to get recognized for their work. Lastly, the paintings gave different and similar reactions to people that have changed over the years of their existence.