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Vincent Van Gogh Sol Lewitt Essay

… There is no observable order to the manner in which the lines are orchestrated, other than to reveal the artist's very personal vision.

In stark contrast, LeWitt's work looks very mannered and heavily influenced by lithographs and other forms of mass-produced art. LeWitt's use of line is clean, versus the messy and infinitely fascinating sprawl of lines in Van Gogh. While a gazer might think he can easily understand a LeWitt at a glance, it is possible to look for hours at a Van Gogh and see new configurations of lines that suggest alternative interpretations of the various objects that are displayed.

Beneath the surfaces of both men's works is a clear architecture of underlying shapes: in the case of Van Gough the oval dominates,…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh Research Paper

… Van Gogh

In Search of Illumination: An Analysis of the Life and Work of Vincent Van Gogh

If, as Richard Williamson (2010) says, art is a skill and that skill is the "expression of the soul," Vincent Van Gogh's artistic productivity (leaping into life in the final decade of his own) may tell us much about the soul of the man. With an oeuvre of over 2000 works Van Gogh's artistic passion matched the intensity of his religious fervor. Religion and art were, essentially, the basis of Van Gogh's life. And the history of his life is, in a way, a history of modern Europe; in another way it is a history of the prelude to 20th century modern art; and in another way it…. [read more]

Van Gogh Vincent Research Paper

… " In "Bedroom in Arles," the perspective is skewed. The proportions are deliberately rendered incorrectly, just as the color and light values are not natural. The right wall next to the bed caves inward, imparting an oppressive feel. The front board of the bed is disproportionately large compared with the back board. A same type of playful rendering of perspective is evident in "The Night Cafe," in which a billiard hall is rendered as if through a fisheye lens. Van Gogh has a command of perspective, and the artist plays with perspective to play tricks on the viewer. Perhaps to parallel his mental state, van Gogh presents the world in a skewed and distorted manner. Both his sense of perspective and his color palette, with…. [read more]

Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait Essay

… Van Gogh's gaze is surrounded by the swirling and violent-seeming yellows, and his face is lined with streaks of white, gray, yellow, and orange. He is clearly thin, as though from some sort of religious fasting, and the bright straw hat may even symbolize a kind of artistic halo, newly won during his time in the art capital of the world.

Yet, here in his self-portrait, one may clearly see that Van Gogh's spirit was now alive with an intensity that was as bright and fervent as his religious soul had been a decade earlier. He had adopted a way to communicate what he had always felt -- an impression about life. Now that he had it, he could look back to those parts of…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh's Artwork Term Paper

… Letters to Brother

During Vincent's life he wrote more than 700 letters to his brother Theo. These letters are often considered an "illuminating record" of the artist's life, pain and mental states (MCS, 2005). Through these letters van Gogh describes his more than 750 paintings and 1600 drawings. Holroyd-Reece & Meier-Graefe (1933) suggests that Vincent "Longed for intercourse with people in similar circumstances to himself ... he believed there were such" (p. 28). This longing to be with like-minded people is but one element of his many letters to his brother Theo. It is well-known that Theo sacrificed much of his own "spiritual happiness" to provide for and serve his brother (Holroyd-Reece & Meier-Graefe, 1933).

Vincent became popular only after his death because people found…. [read more]

Van Gogh Was Born Term Paper

… This idea of social critique becomes most clear, not only through the scene depicted and the title, which suggests poverty, but also by the very technique Van Gogh applied and the overall vision that often strays from reality. The faces are almost grotesque in their strange extension. The blandness of the brown tones feels almost oppressive in sending out a message of the stark staleness of these peasant's lives. Here, it is Van Gogh's vision -- the way in which he shows the viewer the world -- that stands out as the most intriguing facet of the work. Even in this early work, when Van Gogh was largely working completely in isolation, his immense vision, his penetrating genius, is apparent.

Soon after this painting, Van…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh Netherlands (Holland) Research Paper

… ¶ … Vincent Van Gogh

Netherlands (Holland)

Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland in 1853. He is most famous for his paintings like Starry Night, Sunflowers and the Potato Eaters. However he also drew over a thousand drawings with pencil and chalk. He was considered to be mentally ill, especially after he cut off his own ear, so he was put inside a mental institution. He even drew a portrait of himself after he did this called Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear (Lubin 13). He died in 1890. According to Julius Meier-Graefe, his painting style is post-impressionism, which is an art movement that began in France in the late 19th century. This style is usually full of bright colors and sharp edges.

I chose…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh: Woman Term Paper

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Van Gogh painted for ordinary people, not art connoisseurs. His appeal like his subjects was for the common people. No body had to be an art major to understand a painting by Van Gogh. His brushwork is really thickly laid on and very expressive. He draws with the paint in a dramatic and expressive way. His paintings are both moving and decorative.

Van Gogh's appeal lies in the chance to experience vicariously what he experienced. Unlike Tissot he communed with the natural way of life and his work is then not heavily laden with symbolism.

They are direct, forceful, colorful, and his portraits have great humanity. They are accessible in ways that he intended them to be. Though it is true that many people…. [read more]

Expressionism -- Van Gogh's Starry Night Essay

… Expressionism -- Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Starry, starry night, paint your palette blue and grey,

Look out on a summer's day, With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils,

Catch the breeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me,

How you suffered for your sanity, How you tried to set them free,

They would not listen they did not know how

Perhaps they'll listen now (Don McLean, "Starry, Starry Night)

Iconic artist Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night -- a swirling sky that appears to have galaxies with blotches of stars and a snug little community (Saint-Remy) beneath featuring the…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh Research Proposal


INTRODUCTION had a hard struggle with myself...."

Vincent van Gogh (Van Goh's Letters, 2009)

The Painter

The Painter" sold only one of his paintings, now worth millions of dollars, during his lifetime. "The Painter," Vincent van Gogh, frequently depicted people in hard times, Linda Yoffe (1995) notes in "Vincent, Theo, painting and self-esteem." Today, considered one of the greatest Dutch painters and draftsmen after Rembrandt, van Gogh's art significantly influenced Expressionism in modern art. Van Gogh, born in 1853, began painting seriously in 1880, Arthur Max (2004), an Associated Press writer, reports in "Van Gogh letter refers to family tragedy." Theo, van Gogh's younger brother, supported "The Painter" for much of his life.

Study Design and Significance

As this descriptive qualitative…. [read more]

Visual Art Vincent Van Gogh Term Paper

… However, this portrait in the painting was replaced by the portrait of a woman in the replica that was made in 1771 (Hulsker, 1996).

Van Gogh's work can now be dated accurately since the profiled work has now been proven to be original. It was in the Letter 555 (17 October 1888) that Van Gogh wrote "in order to let you know that I have completed the canvas that represent my bedroom this afternoon I am adding a line" (Vincent Gallery 2012).

Due to all these letter by Van Gogh in which he has mentioned such details most of his work could be dated with a lot of precision.


During Van Gogh's time in Paris it can be seen that his work constitutes of…. [read more]

Madame Roulin and Her Baby by Vincent Van Gogh Thesis

… Art

When Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted in Arles, France, he befriended the Roulins. Joseph Roulin was a postal worker, and his wife was named Augustine. They had three children, the youngest of which was Marcelle, who was born in July of 1888. In November and December of 1888, four months after Marcelle was born, Van Gogh painted a series of portraits depicting Augustine and her youngest infant. Van Gogh had already painted several family portraits of the Roulins, but the series depicting Madame Roulin and her baby prove to be particularly revealing of the artist's own psyche. "Mother Roulin with Her Baby," which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is possibly the most potent and complex of the series.…. [read more]

More Than Realistic Van Gogh's Starry Night Thesis

… ¶ … Realistic: Van Gogh's Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is one of his most famous paintings, largely considered as his greatest work. Painted from memory in June, 1889, during his stay in the Saint-Remy asylum, "Starry Night" is one of the most reproduced works of art ever made. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City from 1941. This work is one of the most representative examples of the suggestive power of art, especially painting. Thesis: This paper argues that painting has the capacity not only to reproduce exteriors, i.e. appearances, but also to deconstruct emotions, states and feelings, and to reflect them in its viewers. In this sense, Van Gogh's "Starry Night"…. [read more]

Life of Famed Painter Vincent Term Paper


He loved the area and chose a life of poverty instead of returning home. For more than a year he lived from day-to-day trying to survive.

One day Vincent felt compelled to visit the home of Jules Breton, a French painter he greatly admired, so with only ten francs in his pocket he walked the entire 70 kilometers to Courrieres, France, to see Breton. Upon arriving, however, Vincent was too timid to knock and returned to Cuesmes utterly discouraged (Van Gogh ("

It was at that point, with no money and no prospects that Van Gogh turned to art as an outlet. He began drawing the coal miners and their families.

With no money and no hope of a prosperous future it would seem…. [read more]

Artist Interview With Vincent Van Research Paper

… After all, I was the son of a pastor who was raised with a strict religious ideology ("Vincent van Gogh: Biography"). I hung out a lot with other artists, and I worked every bit as hard as they did. I truly believe that some of my fellow artists understood how to work the bourgeois culture better than I did. For me, it was all too much.

3. To both: You were friends; obviously very close friends as you lived together. What do you think of each other?

Vincent: I love Paul with all my heart. He tolerated me during times when no one else, even my dear brother Theo, did not. It was to Paul I owe much of my artistic talent and inspiration because…. [read more]

Differences of Impressionism and Expressionism Essay

… On other end of the visual spectrum was Vincent Van Gogh, an intense representation of one's emotions on the canvas. This style of painting is called expressionism. Van Gogh's first major work, The Potato Eaters, is an example of an expressionist painting. It depicts five figures sitting around a table, with only a single light bulb as a source of light, a little girl with her back to the viewer. The figures are almost caricatures, elongated fingers, distorted faces, depicting the harsh reality they live in. The painting focuses on despair, showing how the figures only have potatoes and coffee to eat. Soltes explains how it contains quick, intense brush strokes, evidence of the emotion Van Gogh invested into the artwork. After traveling to Paris,…. [read more]

Van Gogh's Night Cafe & Pollock's Childish Art Notes

… I can admire anything by Van Gogh because it is always colorful, spirited, and immensely beautiful. I am always astonished that he was able to paint the world and people so vividly. I like the café scene of the painting as it makes me want to be there and very few paintings actually leap out at you and make you want to be in the painting the way this one does.

11. My Least Favorite

My least favorite is the Cy Twombly painting. There is nothing even to say about this painting other than that it seems ridiculous that a museum should hang it up as though it were important. It is about as bad as the artist who taped a…. [read more]

Biography and Artistic Work Essay

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Vincent and Theo…and Robert?

Popular lives of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) tend to gloss over most of their subject's short life and career in order to focus on the artist's breakdown, intense final period, and suicide. This is partially a function of the documentary sources available -- the famous correspondence with his brother Theo is somewhat fragmentary before 1882 -- but also reflects abiding interest in portraying the artistic passion of van Gogh in opposition to the conventions of formal training and participation in the artistic community. As a result, highly regarded biographies like Julius Meier-Graefe's Vincent van Gogh: A Biography rush through most of the artist's life in a scant 15 pages in order to spend approximately eight times as much time…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast Van Gogh and Claude Monet's Painting Sunflowers Term Paper

… ¶ … Sunflowers

Compare and Contrast: Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"

Both Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh selected the subject of sunflowers for two of their most famous still life paintings. But although both artist's works may depict the same type of flower, the color, light, and, and shading of the two works is completely different. Secondly, the arrangements of the paintings are also completely distinct, in terms of what is the main focus for artist and the viewer. Monet shows the sunflowers in an off-center way, the sunflowers are not individualistic, and the lighting rather than the flowers are the main focus of the painting. Van Gogh's centrally placed flowers make the flowers the most important aspect of the painting, and…. [read more]

Vincent Van Gogh, Frank Lloyd Term Paper

… Iron and Steel were used in order to open up the interior of buildings to an unprecedented scale. Architect Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo was one of the first to implement Oriental aspects into designs, using black and white, asymmetry and plant forms (Weisberg).

Nancy, which was located in Paris, was the premiere Art Nouveau school. It developed strong bonds with the East. Japanese decorative art offered Art Nouveau new forms and decorations that were used to renew the objects d'art. Painter Hokkai Takashima, for example, lived at Nancy from 1885 to 1888 and formed bonds of friendship with creators Emile Galle and Camille Martin, thus influencing their work.

When writing about Japonisme, some historians stop at the artists and collectors of the day and then have…. [read more]

Self-Portrait With Straw Hat Journal Essay

… In the spring portrait, the blueness of my eyes match the somber background; in summer my eyes are in contrast with the rest of the painting. The compositions are similar in terms of my positioning in the canvas; my expression and mood are similar, although the yellowness of the summer suggests greater activity. This mirroring is deliberate, so I may see the changes within myself from season to season. I also constructed the paintings with a similar profile view, with the same cheek turned to the gazer.

Of course, summertime has many moods as a season, and there may be different shades of light and darkness within the ebbs and flows of the summer season. This can be seen in the impressionistic background inspired by…. [read more]

Art Time Period -1910) Catches Essay

… It is actually probable that his mental state contributed to him adding more emotion to his paintings and turning them into art that can almost speak to individuals seeing it (Crispino 50).

In spite of the fact that the scene apparently displays the view from the hospital window in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, there are also a series of concepts that one could associate with his background. "In Starry Night, Van Gogh seems to be combining reality and imagination, and elements of Provence and his northern homeland" (Crispino 50). It is probable that the fact that he was cut off from his family, country, and artist friends contributed significantly to making him want to introduce his part into Starry Night. In addition to being physically isolated from his…. [read more]

Diagnosis of Famous Person With Disorder Term Paper

… Diagnosis of a Famous Person

Vincent Van Gogh (Famous Person with Disorder)

Vincent Van Gogh -- a Case History

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch artist born in 1853 in a village of Netherlands to the family of Theodorus Van Gogh, a minister of Dutch Reformed Church.Van Gogh was the oldest among five siblings including two brothers and three sisters. He belonged to a family of art dealers, artisans and religious preacher's whileVincent himself was also keen to draw and sketch when he was a child. As time passed, he decided to become an artist. Even at a very young age, Vincent was moody, self-willed, annoying and irritable (Blumer, 2002). Later in life, his personality became more eccentric and he suffered from unbalanced moodsand recurrent…. [read more]

Art Compare and Contrast Thesis

… Art Compare/Contrast

Le pin de Bonaventura a Saint-Tropez" is one of Paul Signac's most famous paintings, and at the same time, a very good example of Neo-impression whereas Vincent Van Gogh's "The Rocks" represents post-impressionism at its peak. The term 'Neo-impressionism' was coined at the end of the nineteenth century in order to describe the art movement led by French painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. The term expressed the roots of the new movement i.e. Impressionism, but also the new approach to the use of color and line exhibited by Neo-impressionists. Post-impressionism was a term coined at the beginining of the twentieth century to characterize the course of French art since Manet who was the leading apostle of Impressionism. Post-impressionist artists continued the tradition…. [read more]

Art La Berceuse (Woman Rocking Term Paper

… This alteration captivates the viewer and gives the objects in the picture more form. Like Van Gogh, Cezanne created a scene where form was given priority and yet, while Van Goghs form was less definite and had few angles, the model and the frames within the picture by Cezanne are more symmetrical and suggest the initial entry of cubism into art forms. The incremental nature of Cezanne's approach was eloquently discussed by the critic Roger Fry (1989, 3): For him, as I understand his work, the ultimate synthesis of a design was never revealed in a flash; rather he approached it with infinite precautions..."

And thus emerged two artists of equal genius and yet, such different temperaments.



Olive Trees With Yellow Sky Term Paper

… The blue of the mountains are foreshadowed as it were by the shadows on the foreground earth. Furthermore distance is depicted both by the trees and the mountains. There appears to be a forest of trees reaching up to the distant mountains. In this way the reader appears to make an impossibly long journey to once again reach the overwhelmingly bright sun.

Contrasts of bright, somber colors, as well as rough and smooth texture, are all composed in a connected fashion in order to provide the reader with a circular journey. This journey begins and ends with the sun. The time during which Van Gogh created this work was also a time during which he was particularly enamored with especially the color yellow.


The…. [read more]

Art Critique of Surreal Essay

… Contrary to the complexity and darkness of the Dali piece described here above, Van Gogh's work would radiate with a sense of brightness looming over the horizon. The irony of this work can perhaps only be properly contextualized with the understanding that its painter would take his own life only a year after its completion. This fact seems to contradict the warming texture of Olive Trees but may in fact be detectable in a certain melancholy just beneath the painting's surface.

Van Gogh succeeds in creating something highly emotive by blending extreme hues, drawn directly from nature but distinguished by the artist's signature style and technique. Here, he presents a place that is captivating for its realism and likewise disturbing to the senses in its…. [read more]

Stylistic Comparison Term Paper

… Stylistic Comparison of "The Oxbow" and "Starry Night"

Both Thomas Cole's American Realistic oil painting of the "The Oxbow" (1836) (now displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of New York City) and Vincent Van Gough's 1889 "Starry Night" (also part of the same museum's permanent collection) are pictorial representations of landscapes. However, Van Gough's pastoral rendition of the open sky at night strikes the viewer immediately, despite the image's familiarity, as a surreal, Post-Impressionistic swirl of almost hyperbolic intensity of color. "Although the features are exaggerated, this is a scene we can all relate to, and also one that most individuals feel comfortable and at ease with. This sky keeps the viewer's eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to…. [read more]

Art the Portrait of Joseph Term Paper

… In the portrait, Kahlo is represented as a woman, with recently shorn hair, dressed in man's clothing. The portrait was painted immediately after Kahlo's divorce from her philandering husband, and can be seen as a renouncement of the traditional gender role and a rejection of the role her husband previously held in her life. In fact, Kahlo makes this clear, by incorporating a lyric about love and hair in a portrait of her with cropped hair. However, given Kahlo's rejection of traditional gender roles, as depicted by her shorn hair and men's clothing, it is difficult to determine her group identity from this work.

Joseph Cornell's Bebe Marie is a doll in a box covered with twigs. At first glance, the image is disturbing and…. [read more]

History of Modern Medicine Taj Mahal Term Paper

… ¶ … History of Modern Medicine

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is India's most famous architectural structure. It is actually a beautifully preserved tomb whose name is translated as "Crown Palace." It dates back to the Seventeenth Century and the reign of the Fifth Mughal Emperor as a tribute to his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died as the result of public rebellion against the regime after bearing her husband's fourteenth child. The original construction of the TAJ was inspired by the Persian Princess' request of her husband before her death.

The Life and Work of Galileo

Galileo Galilee was a Sixteenth Century inventor and astronomer who revolutionized man's understanding of the universe and the Earth's relationship to the Solar System, in particular. Among Galileo's…. [read more]

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