Compare and Contrast Essay on Van Gogh

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AS A POST-IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER, AND ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ASTIST OF ALL TIME VINCENT VAN GOGH has became an icon. Between November 1881 and July 1890 he painted almost 900 paintings. The Night Café in the place Lamartine in Arles 1888 (fig 2-47). This piece was him telling the world that this place is where one “can ruin oneself”. He tried to express it as it being a place where the atmosphere was of loneliness. The striking, bold, intense colors, the empathic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work are highly expressive, even emotional. He used the symbolic and expressive values of colors to express/ The colors he used made it clash, red on the walls and green on the ceiling. Yet, the floor and the billard table contain the same two colors red, and green. Using those colors marries the two which makes it complete. The painting shows brilliance and agitation. He felt envy and anger while painting this piece according to the color as symbol theory. I myself liked how the optical lighting that was used to make the painting stand out like the light is real compared to the local light.


The striking colors, unusual perspective and familiar subject matter create work that not only is among Van Gogh’s most popular but one of his personal favorites. He described this painting as great length in letters to his family. This painting is no less than 13 letters and as a result he gave simply his bedroom the simplification a grander style to things, it’s suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general, looking are the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination. Walls are pale violet, floor is red tiles, the wood of the bed and chairs is yellow like butter, sheets and pillows very light greenish. The broad lines of furniture again must express inviolable rest. The pictures on walls and mirror, towels and cloths. The shadows and the cast shadows are suppressed...
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