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Visually experiencing many of Van Gogh's paintings in 1982 was a highlight for me at the Van Gogh, and Rijks' museums in Amsterdam, along with other Impressionist galleries. His use of paint, so thick you want to touch it, (the security guards were watching me closely as I tried to see how thick the paint was by standing nearer to the wall for that "bas-relief" view), and the visual development of his expressionist brush work, style, and subject, in his portraits of others, his self-portraits, and his scapes, shows us of his perceived self-torment and anguish resulting finally in his suicide His work becomes an echo for many of the threads/themes in contemporary society: feeling isolated or alienated, misunderstood, not wanting to deal with things anymore. I think that this is one of the important reasons why his work still has such an impact today. Look at popular culture for example, Don Mclean's "Vincent- Starry Starry Night" persuades the listener to find out more about the artist. The book, Lust for Life, by Irving Stone, is a page-turning read, one of the best I have read. The movie, Starry Night is worth watching. There are several others. Starry Night is likely one of the most replicated, appropriated, and recognizable pieces of art work in our time. Why is it so popular or important? His style speaks to us. His style is definitive of how we accept or reject something new or different. He is interesting. You can't study Post-Impressionism without first looking at Van Gogh's journey from Realism to Impressionism to early Expressionism. We are always faced with the question of "How could people not see the beauty?"
Van Gogh's mature paintings showed the world that personal and subjective feelings were able to be expressed through color, abstract forms and motion. Many artists and students followed his example of using vibrant, complementary colors to depict scenes of the countryside and personal life.Grayhawk homes for sale
Van Gogh's mature paintings showed the world that personal and subjective feelings were able to be expressed through color, abstract forms and motion. Many artists and students followed his example of using vibrant, complementary colors to depict scenes of the countryside and personal life.
Two of Van Gogh's paintings, "Harvest at La Crau" and "The Starry Night", are good examples of the way he broke up the composition with different color sections and vigorous brushstrokes. The viewer's eye is directed horizontally and vertically through the painting while the colors and textures add a sense of drama to each scene.
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