Van Gogh By Wyon E.G. Sandells

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Duch Post-Impressionist painter who is one of the most famous painters in the western world.

Here is a Portrait of him.
During his lifetime he painted many paintings. Some examples are:

Starry Night over the Rhone


The Yellow House

The Potatoe Eaters

Cafe Terrace at Night

The world around Vincent effected his artwork in many different ways. Some of the main ways the world effected his art are:

When he worked as a layman preacher in Belgium in the coal mines he produced coal sketches of the area an example is the picture below:

Another way was when he took painting lessons from Anton Mauve at the Hague. The main way his work changed was the way he played with light and the looseness of his brush strokes.

Afterwards infulenced by Jean-Francois Millet he changed again and this time decided to paint peasants and rural scenes

In 1885 Van Gogh attended the art academy in Antwerp and got in touch with Japaneese art. The bright colours, the use of the canvas space and the role lines played greatly impacted him.

Later during his stay in a clinic (1889) Van Gogh changed his painting style again this time from dots to stripes and pencil strokes to spiral curves.

Many people effected Van Gogh during his life in many different ways such as financially, artistically, ethically etc.
Jean affected Van Gogh in many ways. Some of the ways are the backround, focusing on peasants and weavers and other ways.

Van Gogh's brother Theo supported him financially throughout Goghs life when he needed it.

During Van Goghs childhood his was affected by many authors such as Charles Dickens.
Anton Mauve affeced Van Gogh artistcally during their lessons at the Hague in 1880.
During is stay in Paris in 1886 he met the painters Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Bernard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Gauguin. Where he learnt impressionism.
Van Gogh's style is Post-Impressionism.
His style can be considered cartoonish, he preferred his darker tones and colours. He mainly used many different colours in curves, dashes and sometimes dots. His pencil lines were curved and usually not strait.
Church at Auvers

The artwork that I am going to critique is the one above Church at Auvers. This is an oil painting was painted in 1890 while Van Gogh was staying in Auvers. Church at Auvers and some other paintings are similar to the area he lived in, in his childhood. The letter he wrote about it mentions that it is similar to the piece of work he did back in Nuenen.

The foreground of the church is lit by the sun but the church sits in a shadow and does not reflect or emmit any light of its own. The church is to symbolise empty and unenlightened preaching from the theatre production Henry IV Part 1 by Shakespeare. The picture in general uses light colours and has many dashes and swerves in it.

In conclusion Van Gogh has a very distinctive post-impressionism painting style mixed with some light and dark tones. Painting in the style of Van Gogh has been very intersting and different as the pictures are full of colour and use a broad pallet of mixed colours meaning that not one thing is the same. Overall it has been hard painting in his style but at the same time also very educational and fun.


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