Van Gogh did however get in touch with Japanese art during this period, which he started to collect eagerly. He admired its bright colors, use of canvas space and the role lines played in the picture. These impressions would influence him strongly.
Which people were influential in his life and why?
Theo, his younger brother, which whom Vincent cherished a lifelong relationship, would support Vincent financially throughout his life.
Apart from that, for a brief period Vincent took painting lessons from Anton Mauve at The Hague. Although Vicent and Anton soon split over divergence of artistic views, influences of the Hague School of painting would remain in Vincents work.
Being impressed and influenced by Jean-Francois Millet, van Gogh focused on painting peasants and rural scenes.
Once Van Gogh attended the art academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he did get in touch with Japanese art before he was dismissed by his Professor.
In spring, 1886 he went to Paris where he met the painters Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Bernard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Gauguin. Thanks to them he discovered impressionism and liked its use of light and color, more than its lack of social engagement (as he saw it). The technique known as pointillism made its mark on Van Goghs own style. That is why this people were influential in his life.
Van Gogh when city life and living with his brothers proved too much left Paris and went to Arles. Only Paul Gauguin, whose simplified colour schemes and forms (known as synthetism) attracted van Gogh, followed his invitation. The admiration was mutual, and Gauguin painted Van Gogh painting sunflowers.
Van gogh has a distinctive style. Describe the technique he used.
Van Gogh’s artistic preparation process included the use of chalk, barium sulphate and lead white as canvas fillers. This Van Gogh painting technique, although not as well known as his use of bright colors and thick paint, made it possible for the artist to exemplify his unique painting style.
influences of the Hague School of painting would remain in Vincents work, notably in the way he played with light and in the looseness of his brush strokes.
Van Gogh did however get in touch with Japanese art during this period, which he started to collect eagerly. He admired its bright colors, use of canvas space and the role lines played in the picture. . Van Gogh made some painting in Japanese style. Also some of the portraits he painted are set against a background which shows Japanese art.
Starry nigh over the Rhone
This is one of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings of Arles at nighttime.
This is a personal letter he wrote to his friend Eugene Boch in 1888 and will help us develop a better analysis of the painting.
"The starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colourful figurines of lovers in the foreground."
Starry Night commemorates the view Van Gogh had from his window during his hospitalization in the mental asylum in Arles in 1889. Painted a little over a year before that, Starry Night Over the Rhone is the view Van Gogh had of the Rhone River from his rented apartment in Place Lamartine. Although Starry Night is more famous, Starry Night Over the Rhone commemorates a happier time in Van Gogh's life and autobiography.