vincent van gogh
Jennifer D. Scavone
1. Vincent van Gogh, A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage, c. 1885. Oil on Canvas, 31.3*42 cm, Dutch. Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture Gallery 241.
2. Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887, Oil on artist’s board, mounted on cradled panel, 41*32.5 cm, Dutch. Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture Gallery 241.
A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage. There are a number of things in this painting; this painting shows us that she is very poor. There are no flowers, lamps and garden. The house is the bare minimum; it shows the 19th Century things for the poor in the countryside were dark.
Self-Portrait, this painting shows us that he seems to frown and wrinkle his brow in concentration, he looks very lonely. He use orange dots in the background seem to reflect the orange red of his beard. He Inner is melancholy but he use the most warm color-orange, he should be eager to get love.
I think that’s almost impossible without knowing his name. He is one of the greatest artists in the world. He was born in 1850 three or two someday, whatever. And as a lot of people know, Van Gogh is the oldest child in their family, but actually, his parents had a little baby before him, the baby died the same day just one year before Van Gogh was born. So, they gave the two babies a identical name, this is why sometime people will call Van Gogh——the second Vincent.
Sources: Chapter 4, Chapter 6, Chapter11.