Vincent Van Gogh, a 19th century Dutch painter, made his mark on history as one of the most famous artists that ever lived. He had a large impact on modern art and his paintings are known for the
amazing colors, emotions and styles. Van Gogh starts his artist career at very late in his life, and most of his work was not recognized during his lifetime. But in just a decade, between his
twenty-seventh and thirty-seventh years, Van Gogh created one of the most important legacies of painting ever.
Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 and he struggled with a mental health disorder throughout his lifetime. The painter's life came to a tragic and sudden end when he was only 37 years old when he committed suicide in 1890.
Although Van Gogh gained a love of art during his early years, he lost interest in artwork after being rejected by a woman. He turned his attention away from art for a short period of time to focus on Biblical teaching and volunteering.
It was after his time working with coal miners as a volunteer in 1878 that Van Gogh renewed his interest in art. When he moved to Brussels in 1880, the artist decided to re-pursue his interest in art. He began learning about art and focusing on painting with the help of his younger brother.
The Van Gogh's art style can be broken down into seven different themes. These themes show his changing interests and the type of artwork that he was studying at various times of his artistic career.
His first theme focused on learning. Initially, he worked on learning different styles of painting and creating artwork. It was a time when he was experimenting and practicing so that he would improve his artistic skills.
After practicing, Van Gogh developed a style that was unique to his paintings. He observed the styles and methods that other artists were using and there are clear signs of different styles in his early works. Ultimately, the artist developed a style that was unique to his own artwork. Part of his influence on modern art is related to the unique brush strokes and methods that he used to create his paintings.
Color is another aspect of Van Gogh's paintings that stand out from other artists of his time. The colors he used most were those of Eugene Delacroix, lemon yellow and Prussian blue. He wrote, "What color is in painting, enthusiasm is in life". He knew that he had an instinct for color and wrote, "I see it fresh, through a grey haze," which is a telling phrase. His self-portraits are wet with blue background, coat, and eyes, and with yellow face, beard, and hair. Stars and books, which were his passion, were painted yellow. The brilliant sunflower became his symbol. A soothing day to Van Gogh was a day without a mistral, when he could paint.
Van Gogh's artwork was influenced by simplicity as well as the unique colors and strokes that made his work unique. It is believed that Van Gogh was influenced by Japanese artwork and that he enjoyed the simplicity of the peasant theme. He considered himself a peasant and his artwork often reflects his ideas related to the simplicity and rebirth that is associated with peasants of his time period.
The portraits that Van Gogh painted were particularly interesting. The artist focused on portraying the personality and temperament of the individual. Instead of focusing solely on the physical appearance of the model, Van Gogh's portraits brought out the personality and the aspects of the person that made them unique.
Along with his paintings of people, Van Gogh often painted landscapes and nature. His connection to nature allowed him to look at it from a broad perspective and it reflects in his artwork. He was known to paint gardens that were overgrown, cornfields and other plant-life.
There are aspects and themes that set Van Gogh's artwork apart. Van Gogh's paintings are often studied for the vivid colors and unique brushstrokes, and his artwork has had a strong influence on modern art and current artistic styles.
A key area that is impacted by Van Gogh's artwork is the use of expression and emotion within the painting. Van Gogh was a master at expressing emotion through the use of creative color combinations and changes to the shape of the object or person. In modern art, the use of color is often a method of expressing emotions. Subtle changes to color combinations give a painting different meanings and many artists are influenced by that aspect of Van Gogh's paintings.
Along with the positive impact on emotional expression and color combinations, Van Gogh's influence on modern art is also related to the optical freedom that is available. Van Gogh did not necessarily give objects the exact shape that they have in reality. He often distorted the image to create a feeling that was unique.
Modern artists have a great deal of freedom when it relates to artistic expression. Since Van Gogh was not bound to the romantic images that were popular at previous times in art history, he was able to break away and create something new. Artistic freedom and creative artistic styles are partially related to the way that Van Gogh developed his paintings.
Just like Shakespeare on play, and Freud on psychology, Vincent van Gogh's influence on modern art is tremendous. Van Gogh did not live to see his talent recognized. Nor could he possibly ever have dream that he would be an enduring source of inspiration for subsequent generations of artists. But now he is a household name and his artworks are admired throughout the world. Van Gogh's use of color, unique brush strokes and emotion has impacted western art since Impressionism, and he was the most influential artist of the early twentieth century.
I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. "- Van Gogh