vincent van gogh Post impressionist

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IMPRESSIONISM Developed in France in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries Emphasized visible light and color Used dull, dark colors – green, gray, brown Vague, as if a glance of the subject Technique involved using little detail Small brushstrokes, thick paint, blurred outlines


IMPRESSIONISM Painters painted outside, on location rather than in studios Landscapes, people, street and café scenes, etc.

Characteristics of Impressionist painting include: :

Characteristics of Impressionist painting include: Visible brushstrokes Light Colors Emphasis on Light and the changing qualities of it Ordinary Subject Matter Unusual Visual Angles Open Compositions


POST-IMPRESSIONISM (1880-1920) Reaction against limitations of Impressionism Advancement of styles and techniques More romantic, emotional, avant-garde, and shocking than Impressionism Bolder colors, sharper outlines Sought to combine inner world of mind and spirit and outer world of physical substance Create visual sensation, not record it Individual painters had different styles and ideals

Key Points:

Key Points No longer satisfied with the glimpses of Impressionists Wanted to combine the color and light of Impressionism with the composition and design of traditional painting Two directions emerged: formal and emotional

Vincent van Gogh:

Vincent van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Holland. Van Gogh worked in multiple art galleries in Paris and London starting at age 16. Van Gogh realized selling art was not for him. He then decided to follow his father’s footsteps and become a minister. After being a minister, he finally found his passion for art.

Vincent van Gogh:

Vincent van Gogh Humanitarian, wanted to help people Had a very sad life Started painting at 27, only painted for 10 yrs. Early work was traditional in technique, dark in color and somber in mood

Personal Background:

Personal Background Extremely close to his brother Theo who encouraged Van Gogh throughout his career as a painter In Paris, Van Gogh often visited The Louvre where he saw beautiful paintings that partly inspired him to paint Van Gogh learned to draw by copying the works of Jean Francois Millet His later years were defined by his insanity and extreme depression

Influence of the Art World:

Influence of the Art World The Impressionists inspired Van Gogh to paint in impressionism and lighten his palette Because Van Gogh’s palette was so light, artists who followed him also had lighter palettes

Influence of the Art World:

Influence of the Art World Van Gogh painted unique things He continues to influence people such as singer/songwriter Don Mclean who even wrote a song about him called “Vincent”

Stylistic Traits:

Stylistic Traits Impressionism Swirls and Smudges Oil Paint on Canvas Colorful Palette

Self Portrait with Straw Hat (1887):

Self Portrait with Straw Hat (1887) The beard, hat and background all reflect the broad brushstrokes common in Impressionistic artwork

Starry Night (1889):

Starry Night (1889) The swirls that make up the sky as well as the plant demonstrate a frequent style found in Van Gogh’s work

The Starry Night:

The Starry Night Some believe that Van Gogh’s shaky, and swirling technique was his way of showing his own mental state. The Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s most famous pieces of work. Van Gogh allows the viewer to become part of the painting with its It has been replicated multiple times; through songs, clothing and shoes, posters

More Starry Nights:

More Starry Nights Van Gogh produced two other paintings reflecting The Starry Nights ’ techniques. Both Starry Night Over the Rhone (1888) and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night , or better known as Café Terrace at Night (1888) resemble Van Gogh’s night time scene and wonder from Starry Night.

More Starry Nights:

More Starry Nights


Sunflowers Van Gogh is known for his sunflo wer paintings. They were painted between 188 8-1889 and mainly in Arles, France. Van Gogh painted them to decor ate his friend, Paul Gaugin’s bedroom while the two lived together.



Café Terrace at Night (1888):

Café Terrace at Night (1888) Van Gogh used a variety of colors in all his work to accent shadows and show that everything has more than one color

Fritillaries in a Copper Vase (1887):

Fritillaries in a Copper Vase (1887) Van Gogh used oil paint on canvas or cardboard for the majority of his work

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Vase of Lilacs, Daisies, and Anemones (1887)


Irises Van Gogh created works of art while hospitalized in France. Along with Starry Night , Van Gogh created nature studies which have now become world famous paintings. His painting, Irises (1889) is one of the most expensive pieces of art ever. It sold for $54 million in 1987. It is now on display at The Getty Center in Las Angeles, CA.


Drawings Van Gogh drew over 1,000 drawings from 1877 to 1890. He saw drawing as a way to build up technique and skill levels for an artist. He mainly used black, red, and blue chalk, pencil, reed pen, and charcoal for his drawings.


Watercolors Along with drawing, Van Gogh used watercolors as a way to practice his skills as a painter. Van Gogh has created almost 150 watercolors and all have his style of thick bold colors and unique painting techniques. His watercolors have not become as famous as the oil paintings, but they are still a testimate to Van Gogh’s artistic ability

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Lithography is a way to make prints by using a stone or metal plate. Van Gogh experimented with this form of art and created a set of ten images; nine lithographs and one etching. Many of his lithographs were either originally a drawing or became a drawing or painting later on

The only painting he sold:

The only painting he sold Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire life, The Red Vineyard (1888). Even though Van Gogh is seen as a world renowned artists in current culture, he neve r was never recognized as the artist he truly was during h is lifetime.


Museums Every continent, excluding Antarctica, has Van Gogh’s works of art on display. The largest Van Gogh exhibit is located in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum where over 200 works of art are housed.

End of his life:

End of his life Unfortunately Van Gogh attempted suicide on July 27, 1890. He shot himself in the chest, but somehow survived. He died two days after. Although Van Gogh was not considered as an artist during his life, he has become one of the world’s most well known artists.

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