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The text’s authors explains the “…aim was to replace Renaissance ideals with Modernist principles.” (cite) Renaissance ideals embraced humanism. In the Renaissance era, the point of view for humanism was individuals are enhanced through study and practice of literature, philosophy, music and arts. However, Modernist principles replaced renaissance ideals by being more expressive through various art forms. Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter, expressed modernism through his unpredictable behaviors. One of Van Gogh’s most famous art works in history, The Starry Night, greatly articulated Van Gogh’s inner chaos.

Early Modernism created an expressive and artistic atmosphere of the 19th century. Modernism rejected Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian views because the point of view for Modernists was to have an honest outlook of the present rather than relating to the past principles and ideals. The artist’s would indicate the natural world in their own eyes and express that through their art forms. In Vincent Van Gogh’s case, his paintings exposed his psychological state of being. Van Gogh communicated his dark havoc in many paintings, mainly through The Starry Night. A Modernist principle Van Gogh followed was his alienation with society. (cited)He was known for being socially awkward and had a tough time containing friendships and romantic relationships. He displays another Modernist principle by showing doubt for the value of human life. (cited)The Starry Night exposed Van Gogh’s pain and denial of meaning in life. The artwork was created while Van Gogh was in an insane asylum. A year after The Starry Night was completed, Van Gogh committed suicide.

The Starry Night was created in September 1889 at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Vincent Van...

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