Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Van Gogh Perspective

Self-Portrait 1887
Van Gogh
Art Institute of Chicago

Art during the Post-Impressionist period was about the perspective an artist had on a subject. The brush strokes were shorter than and not as smooth as the prior art periods. Art began to develop an abstract meaning to subjects and observers created their own interpretation of what is the meaning of the piece. In addition, the Post-Impressionist art was full of multiple styles. Artist like Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, and Vincent Van Gogh created art that was full of color and more rounded figures. However Vincent Van Gogh took abstract paintings to a whole other level.

Vincent Van Gogh was the edgy, black sheep of the Post-Impressionist period. Most of Van Gogh's art was not sold. People did not quite understand his pieces. His art, in my perspective, was more emotional than most of the artist in this time. I can feel his emotions throughout his art work. The Woman with a Spade gives me this feeling of a lethargy, depression and unsatisfactory. Van Gogh's use of grey colors in the painting gives me this sense of hopelessness and how dull the subject may have felt or lived. 

On the other hand, Starry Night, portrays a mystical and whimsical presence. His short brush strokes give Moon and stars a glow that is carried out through the night. Van Gogh's use of different shades of blue to creates a wind that allows me to imagine the feeling of a cool evening summer breeze. I also began to think about the Christmas song "Starry Night". The soothing melody gives me this Feeling of serenity and positivity.

Van Goghs' art is captivating and riveting because his abstract paintings gives the observer the freedom to create their own meaning and story behind the paintings. Sadly, Van Gogh's paintings were not appreciated until he died in July 1890. Now you can find his work throughout America and Western Europe. Van Gogh is one the most talented and influential artist for this decade, and more artist allow the observer to create their own story or perspective of the art in life. 

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream". 
                                                                                                                  -  Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night - Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night 1889          
   Van Gogh
The Museum of Modern Art 
La'Shay Hankerson.


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