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...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.
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