Vincent Van Gogh Research Paper

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The artist as well as the artist's work that I will be researching and using as a comparison base will be Vincent van Gogh. Throughout the following paragraphs I will describe in detail, key points in his life, as well as his most famous art work that he created throughout his life. I will also describe similarities between myself and the artist to further show why I feel very moved and connected with his artwork. Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh began drawing at a very young age and continued throughout his years until he finally decided that an artist is what he wanted to be. Few know this interesting fact about Van Gogh, but in his early years he had aspirations of becoming a pastor. From…show more content…
His best artwork was created the last two years of his life, however throughout his artistic career he was able to created over 2,100 artworks including, 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, prints and sketches. His work throughout his life also included self portraits, landscapes, wheat fields and sunflowers. Initially once Van Gogh decided being an artist is what he wanted to become, he started working for an art firm traveling from London to Paris learning different skills and techniques that he would later use to create some of the world's most astounding art pieces. Van Gogh moved around frequently, trying to absorb the different sceneries around and integrate them into his work. Out of all the places Van Gogh lived, the place that I believe had the most influence on his work was when he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. He then moved south of France and became strongly influenced by the sunlight there. This was clearly seen in his work, the unique style and vibrant colors were a true testament to the environment which surrounded him. Unfortunately, Van Gogh died at a very young age of 37 on July 29th, 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.…show more content…
This is one of the most sought after paintings of all time. I have a replica of this painting hanging in my living room at my home. There is something very soothing and surreal about this painting when you look at it. As in "Starry Nights", "The Cafe Terrace" and "Starry Night over the Rhone" all have similar styles used throughout these paintings. The sky keeps the viewer's eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with stars. The swirling clouds and the stars ablaze overlooking these quiet cities gives this entire collection a peaceful essence flowing from each of the structures. Van Gogh's use of white and yellow creates a spiral effect while the vertical lines such as in the cypress tree and the church tower softly break up the composition without taking away from the majestic night sky clearly seen in Starry Nights. These beautiful oil paintings were painted on canvas during the post-impressionism movement. In my opinion, "Starry Nights" is his greatest work, the intricate design as well as the euphoric ambiance one receives from viewing this painting is the purest definition of what true art is and how it effects it's

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