Art Appreciation

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Art Appreciation

Compare and Contrast
Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet

In this Essay I will compare and contrast two paintings. The first painting is Stairway at Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh. The painting is one of 80 paintings done by Van Gogh during his stay in Auvers. Stairway at Auvers was done on July 1890 shortly before his death. The second painting is Water Lilies 1916-1926 by Claude Monet. Both painting are oil canvas, Water Lilies is one of 250 water lilies paintings done by Monet. Both paintings are examples of art pieces that play an important role in art history. I was able to personally see each painting at the St. Louis Art Museum on October 9, 2010. The Museum was beautiful; the rooms seemed to have art pieces organized by styles. Stairway at Auvers and Water Lilies were located in the same room. The St. Louis art museum was very big. As I walked in, there was a beautiful sculpture to my right. The high ceilings made the place seem larger than life. The rooms were very spacious, allowing people to comfortably walk around. The museum somewhat reminded me of New York’s Metropolitan art museum. Stairway at Auvers is a medium sized painting. The painting illustrates the village where Van Gogh lived. Van Gogh’s focus probably wasn’t to make the painting big, but to emphasize his use of heavy brush stroke. Van Gogh’s use of line is very important to the painting. The roads are heavily brushed which lead to the stairway. As the viewer’s eyes follow the road, the two characters are introduced, leaving a question regarding their relevance to the piece. The painting seems to focus on the surroundings; Van Gogh included people, houses and trees. The painting is heavy and filled with emotion. Shapes are part of what balances the busy piece. Stairway at Auvers is a very electrifying piece. By looking at the piece, one can sense the artist’s anguish and pain. Van Gogh made a calm village seem chaotic. With so much happening, Van Gogh seems to place...
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