While living in Paris, Van Gogh was first introduced to impressionist art and was inspired by the color and light. “Inspired by these artists, he brightened his own palette and loosened his brushwork, emphasizing the physical application of paint on the canvas (Van Gogh). He soon began studying with notable artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pissarro. Throughout this time, Van Gogh often suffered from bouts of depression, bipolar disorder, and temporal lobe epilepsy that was more than likely caused by the use of absinthe. In 1889, he checked himself into an asylum in Saint-Rémy France. Van Gogh’s stay in this asylum lasted for one year and while stable, he was allowed to paint. He painted many of his notable work during this time including Starry Night.
“The style he developed in Paris and carried through to the end of his life became known as Post-Impressionism, a term encompassing works made by artists unified by their interest in expressing their emotional and psychological responses to the world through bold colors and expressive, often symbolic images” (Vincent).
Starry Night’s bright colors and expressive symbolism represent this style. I think the ...
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...ie). Some also say this painting is meant to show an apocalyptic vision. “This is a landscape of heavenly apocalyptic power: a conversation between heaven and earth next to the cathedral spire. The scene of the town takes place at the moment before a storm. The heavens are literally at war with the setting sun against the thunderstorm that is about to happen” (El Greco).
Starry Night and View of Toledo are both landscapes featuring a town, a church, and a beautiful night sky. Both artists used the contrast of light and dark to detail their paintings. They both also took liberties in arranging the cities the way they saw fit.
Although these paintings are landscapes, their themes are quite different. Van Gogh’s starry night is a more peaceful quiet depiction of the town below. View of Toledo is a more ominous painting that depicts a town below an angry stormy sky.
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