Vincent Van Gogh 3.0

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) is one of the most original artists in the late 19th Century. He worked as an evangelist before taking up painting at the age of 27. He had a very short professional life lasting only for ten years. He was largely self taught but inspired by Impressionism, especially during his 2 years living in Paris. But as this short slideshow shows, Vincent is constantly exploring new styles and he would switch his style to paint the image he wanted. In his early days his painting was glomy and mainly with earthen colours. However, his paintings changed in his later works, using bright and primary colours. He became very good at it that even red coloured cows looked perfectly natural and acceptable. He had a tragic life with all his talent he managed only to sell only one of his painting. His story is also the story of two brothers, their love for each others and their sympathy to others. This seems to be a contradiction with Vincent self-portrait glazes.

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Vincent VanGogh The Darkness in my Soul First created Apr 2007. Version 3.0 - 18 Apr 2021. Daperro . London . Self-Portrait (Detail). 1887

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Early Years 1881-1885 To age 28 View of Paris from Montmartre. 1886

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Vincent Van Gogh 1853 – 1890, aged 37 [Van Gogh] has been occupied with contemporary society’s problems for so long, and he is still battling on with his good-heartedness and boundless energy. His efforts have not been in vain, but he will probably not live to see them come to fruition, for by the time people understand what he is saying in the paintings it will be too late. A letter from Theo van Gogh to his wife Jo. Paris. 9-10 Feb 1889.

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Look out on a summer’s day

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After Van Gogh was dismissed as a art gallery salesman in Paris, he began his training as a missionary, in Brussels. In 1878, went to the Belgian mining district of the Borinage as a preacher. His devotion to the miners was total. He gave his clothes away and like them, he lived a life of extreme poverty. He was dismissed, due to his ‘unorthodox behaviour’. Weaver

The ragged men in ragged clothes:

The ragged men in ragged clothes ‘I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.’ Letter to Theo. c17 Sept 1888.

Potato Eaters:

Potato Eaters In this period, Van Gogh painted his first major painting ‘The Potato Eaters’, which he took great care and planning. The painting takes on the colour of a ‘dusty potato’. It echoes Van Gogh’s concern for the poor and his respect for the dignity of labour. He wanted to paint the harsh reality of the peasant. “I have tried to emphasize that those people, eating their potatoes in the lamp-light have dug the earth with those very [bare] hands they put in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labour, and how they have honestly earned their food.” On the reflection on the girl’s eyes, Van Gogh was careful enough to use the same colour as with the lamp. On the lamp, he painted the flickering of the oil lamp with spikes of colours, around a glowing halo of the flame. Above : Painting studies for ‘The Potato Eaters’.

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Potato Eaters

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His paintings in this period was dark and often used earthen colours

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Paintings 1885 - 1888 To age 35 View of Paris from Montmartre. 1886

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Two paintings both painted in Paris, in the same year by Van Gogh. They cannot be more different in style. Multiple styles

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Van Gogh painted only a few nudes. Nude

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Impressionis t subjects

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Portraits View of Paris from Montmartre. 1886

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Portrait 1885

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Portrait 1885

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Portrait 1887 Agostina Segatori was the owner of the café, in Paris. Her café is a popular meeting place for the artists. She also hang up their paintings in her café.

The stranger that you’ve met:

The stranger that you’ve met The Postman Joseph Roulin was one of Vincent’s few friends in Arles. The postman sits alertly, with raised eyebrows and a direct gaze, with a fish tail beard.

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Van Gogh’s mother. 1888 Van Gogh’s mother, Anna Carbentus was an amateur artist. She taught all her children to draw.

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Dr Gachet . 1890 “I’ve done the portrait of Mr Gachet with an expression of melancholy which might often appear to be a grimace to those looking at the canvas. And yet that’s what should be painted …… Sad but gentle but clear and intelligent, that’s how many portraits should be done….” A letter from Vincent van Gogh to his sister.

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Weathered faces lined in pain The painting is also known as :At Eternity’s Gate”. “… I drew two figures of an old man with his elbows on his knees and head in his hands. I did it of Schuitemaker once and always kept the drawing because I wnted to do it better another time. Perhaps I’ll also do a lithograph of it. What a fine sight an old working man makes, in his patched bombazine suit with his bald head.” Vincent van Gogh.

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Still Life View of Paris from Montmarte . 1886

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Van Gogh was Dutch, with fine still life tradition in paintings. Clogs were Van Gogh. Still Life with Clogs . 1884

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Drying Sunflower . 1887

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An early painting of Van Gogh showing his preference of using a simplified and more vibrate palette. Fruits . 1887

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Altogether he painted some seven paintings of Sunflower. Some of them are near identical . Flaming flowers that brightly blaze

Sunflowers:

Sunflowers

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Van Gogh was an admirer of the bold design, decorative colours and strong outlines of Japanese prints .

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While everyone were painting the elegance of the age. Only Van Gogh focus on the downs & outs, the ordinary things and people of his day. But above all Van Gogh was driven by his obsessive zeal, and his excessive use of limited colours. Van Gogh was an experimenter and an originator in painting, constantly changing and searching for a different ways to paint. Painter of Skelton, Empty Chairs & Dirty Shoes

Swirling Clouds in violet haze. Reflecting Vincent’s eyes of China blue.:

Swirling Clouds in violet haze. Reflecting Vincent’s eyes of China blue.

Starry Night:

Starry Night

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Self Portraits View of Paris from Montmartre. 1886

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Compassion or Obsession I do not of an artist who painted himself so often.

The darkness in my soul:

The darkness in my soul If Vincent Van Gogh is alive today, most people will find it difficult to make friend with him. In fact, the townspeople of Arles drew up a petition to have Van Gogh readmitted to the mental hospital. Vincent Van Gogh is driven by his passion. There is only a thin line between passion and obsession. It is clear that he threw himself totally into his mission in Borinage , perhaps beyond just passion would have done. In a different age, he maybe regarded as a saint, not unlike that of St Francis.

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Self Portraits

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Self Portraits

How you suffered for your sanity:

Like everyone of us, Van Gogh had a dark side to his character. That should not take away his genuine concerned for his fellow beings. Life is full of contradiction. On one hand Van Gogh is the preacher and on another he frequently visited the brothel. He also suffered from syphilis as well. There are some who believe that his madness was caused by his illness or the mercuric treatment. Everybody heard about his story of cutting off bit of his ear lobe and presented it to his prostitute, Rachel, after his quarrel with Gauguin, who was going to desert him. Van Gogh had a history of self-harm, perhaps to draw sympathy to himself. The act of cutting off his ear lobe is a symbol of defeat. Like the bullfight in the Arena, it is customary to cut off the ear on the defeated bull to present it as trophy of defeat. How you suffered for your sanity

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In 1889, Van Gogh was admitted to a mental hospital at Saint-Remy- en -Provence, where he continued to paint in spite of breaks in his sanity. In May 1890, he moved to Auvers -sur-Oise and placed himself under Dr Gachet . He worked feverishly. In 29 July 1890, he died two days after his shot himself, only 5 years after he painted The Potato Eaters. The darkness in my soul

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Arles & St Remy 1888 To age 37 View of Paris from Montmartre. 1886

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Arles and Saint-Remy In February 1888, Van Gogh moved to Arles in search of the sun and colour. It was his most intense and productive period. Paul Gauguin, his friend came to join him later. In a quarrel, Van Gogh attempted to kill his friend. Gauguin wisely left and went to Tahiti.

Langlois Bridge, Arles:

Langlois Bridge, Arles

The Yellow House:

Van Gogh lived on the first floor of the house, with green windows. He ate at the café next door. The house overlooks the River Rhone, in Arles. Like most of his later paintings, he liked to use strong contrasting colours, particularly blue and yellow. There is always a feeling of emptiness in his painting. The railway on the right link him to his brother in Paris. Van Gogh told Theo that his only friend in the town, lived between the two bridges. He was the postman. The Yellow House

The Yellow House:

The Yellow House

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The Night Cafe Also known as Café Terrace at Night, it is a painting of a popular café in Arles. Here Van Gogh used the strong contrasting warm, bright light of yellow against the cool deep blue sky of the sparkling stars. He used dashes of colour which he learnt in Paris. The technique used on the cobblestones of the street. A thick layer of yellow paint, as in the canopy of the cafe, gives the picture a brilliant glow.

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The Night Cafe ‘The Night Café’ today at Arles. Cleverly, he placed the faceless people in middle ground, putting distances between the viewer / painter from human contacts. Thus emphasizing the isolation and created a sense of loneliness. The almost white colour of the circular table tops are echoed against the shinning stars. Whilst the strong contrast of blue and yellow, bright and darkness creates a sense of conflict in the painting.

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Starry Night

Starry Night over Rhone:

Starry Night over Rhone

After Millet:

After Millet

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Pink and red cows

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Van Gogh restricted his palette to a very few strong colours, but the effects he achieved are surprisingly varied. He liked – red and green, or blue and orange. In The Bridge at Langlois he used six basic colours and in The Starry Night he limited it to four basic colours. At least two versions of this paintings exist. Van Gogh managed to turn a small parish church into a much grander building. It has a strange perspective, with twisted shapes and harsh colours. The crooked church

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.:

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you . This the last painting of Van Gogh, painted only days before his death. It was aggressively painted with slashes from a palette knife, creating a rough brutal scene, pulling in different directions. The path lead you into the picture but going nowhere. Two stormy clouds on swirled and stirred, thrashing ripples across the wheatfield . This frightened a flock of feeding crow to flee. It is a painting of contrasting colours and rhythm. It also marks the place where he tried to end his life .

They would not listen they did not know how:

They would not listen they did not know how He passionately concerned for his fellowmen and a firm believer that art should concern with contemporary problems, seeking to stir consciences and change our society. His story is also about the love between two brothers. His brother, Theo encouraged him to paint and unfailingly supported him financially. Vincent even died in his arm. Theo died six months later. The story of Vincent Van Gogh is a story of a lonely and tragic man. He failed as a salesman, failed as a teacher, failed as a priest, failed to sell his painting, failed in his relationship with his friend Gauguin, failed to find love and failed to kill himself. Yet he succeeded in becoming one of the most admired and loved artist of our time. Brother Theo Vincent and Theo were buried side by side in the Auvers cemetery. The two graves are covered with ivy, Van Gogh’s favourite plant, which symbolises the bonds between the brothers.

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Music : Vincent by Don Mclean. 1971. The End All rights reserved. Rights belong to their respective owners. Available free for non-commercial and personal use.

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