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Vincent Van Gogh is among the most famous and influential painter. Here’s your chance to paint your very own version of a van Gogh and experience the whole post-impressionist movement.
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Famous van Gogh Paintings
If you’re not too familiar with van Gogh’s art, it might be because you didn’t know it was his work. You might even have a copy hanging somewhere in your house. Van Gogh has painted hundreds of paintings. Known as the Dutch Impressionist painter, his artworks are not as precise and are more abstract in the way that it doesn’t represent something in detail but in the impression of the object by the use of light and colors. The technique used by van Gogh is also very recognizable and famous.
One of his most recognized work is Starry Night that represents a beautiful village in the night with a sky full of stars. Van Gogh loved stargazing at night, he would dream his life away by looking at the sky.
Another incredibly famous van Gogh painting is the Irises. His love for nature was clear and could be perceived in his work. The artist would spend days in the beautiful Provence to get his inspiration. He would paint colorful flowers and landscapes with colors that only him knew how to create.
Café Terrace At Night is a big success as well and will give all his fame to the French café where van Gogh used to go. It has now evolved, but if you are in the area you will easily recognize the street and the café. Don’t hesitate to go for a quick (or longer) coffee in his memory.
Van Gogh Mental Health
Vincent van Gogh’s mental health was something that many people have worked on and tried to analyze through his artworks. The artist is said to have been a maniac depressive or having bipolar syndromes.
This diagnostic has been made by analyzing the letters that van Gogh would write to his brother Theo, in their exchanges, van Gogh would go through different emotional phases, from very happy to utterly melancholic, specialists tend to explain these changes of mood by his mental health. Moreover, other members of his family have suffered from depression.
Van Gogh was also an alcoholic who had an addiction to absinthe which was hallucinogenic. That would lead the artist to act in unreasonable ways and could also explain how he tried to drink all his paints.
The most recognizable and famous painting by number from Vincent van Gogh is Starry Night, created in 1888, the analyze of this work is mesmerizing. It represents what the artist could see from his asylum room in France.
Fascinated by the cosmic and the stars, this painting clearly represents the explosion in the sky, the representation of the untouchable cosmic contrasting with the regularity of the village painted as he was imagining it.
The town was imaginative, so were the mountains and probably the olive trees that the artist loved to paint. It is an idyllic representation of the things he admired and liked. The fascination that van Gogh had for the cosmic, the stars and the sky can be seen in his last paintings. Vincent van Gogh died in 1890.
Van Gogh Self Portraits
Vincent van Gogh suffered from depression his whole life, which affected his art. His self-portrait is seen as a very treasured piece of art since it really reflects on his mental health and the way he perceived himself and his connection to the outside world, especially in his latest one before he left the South of France.
One of his most famous self-portraits is the tone where he painted himself with a bandage on the ear he cut. This well-known story about van Gogh cutting his ear is still debated. Some people say that he didn’t, it would have been an argument with Paul Gauguin who cut van Gogh’s ear. Some say that he did cut his ear himself which could be explained because of an audition disease that he might have been suffering of, which led him to hear loud noises in permanence.
Each artist has their very unique style and signature, for van Gogh self-portraits was a way to see himself and express his feelings (for Claude Monet paint by numbers, it was the Waterlily Pond).