May 18, 2024
Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
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
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now.

Many of us have heard this song, it is also in the favorite list of many. But we all may not know that this song is associated with the name of a famous artist and his famous painting. It has a historical story.

Today let’s know about Vincent van Gogh, the creator of this famous painting ‘The Starry Night’.

Vincent van Gogh, was a Dutch painter. He was born on March 13, 1853 in an upper-middle-class family in the small village of Grote Zunderth, near Brabant in the southern Netherlands. He was named after his grandfather. At that time it was customary to name newborns after ancestors. His full name is ‘Vincent Willem Van Gogh’.

World famous legendary artist Vincent van Gogh,. This painter could not see his heroism. Before that he became mentally ill and committed suicide. Not only famous for his paintings, he is also known for his struggle in life. This melancholy artist’s picture is now the greatest gift of art culture. For example:

Starry Night

Starry Night is arguably Vincent van Gogh’s greatest painting. But the interesting thing is that this picture was painted by Vincent sitting in the ashram. In 1888, he voluntarily came to this monastery in Saint Remy-de-Provence when he suffered a mental breakdown after cutting off his ear.

The painting is said to be a night scene from Van Gogh’s bed window. Surprisingly, he painted this oil painting of the night sky early in the morning, just before sunrise. He painted the scene 21 times, focusing on different weather conditions, at different times of the day.

Oddly, none of the 21 sketches include the iron bars on the windows of his house. And although it is one of Van Gogh’s best works, he did not mention the painting in his letters to his brother Theo (although he was isolated from everyone while at the monastery, he communicated with his brother Theo regularly by letter).

The film was a failed creation for him. A study by the Griffith Park Observatory found that ‘Vincent van Gogh’ accurately showed the positions of the moon, stars and other constellations in the picture that spring night.

Although he always paints a thorough picture of what he sees before his eyes, in this picture he has changed. The village scene he has painted in the film is entirely his imagination. It was not in front of the eyes. Perhaps this is a temporary break from ‘classic van Gogh’.

The excess of blue in the picture is noticeable. It feels somewhat ethereal and dreamlike. His mental health was deteriorating. According to experts, he painted depression and inner conflict on the canvas with cotton.

He has used bold colors in such a way that it easily attracts people’s attention. ‘Starry Night’ is a little more unsettling than ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’ painted just a year earlier. It has been preserved at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1941. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular paintings.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent’s most expensive painting is ‘Portrait of Doctor Gachet’. Painted in 1890, this painting was auctioned exactly one hundred years later in 1990. At the time, the film sold for $82.5 million, making it one of the most expensive films in the world.

When Van Gogh painted the pictures, he was a little confused. If you notice, you will see that the use of lines, colors, proportions in the picture is very irregular. This sunflower symbolizes personality. He has also expressed himself fluently in films. He compared himself to this sunflower. The golden glow of the picture may have soothed him. Perhaps out of bounds, he overemphasized suspense and mystery while painting.

Van often used sunflowers to illustrate his vision. Summer is fleeting and sunflowers are short-lived. Like this ephemeral sunflower, he too left the world at a very young age. But in our minds he will always be the ‘Sunflower Painter’.

He adopted the golden yellow color in the early 19th century and was successful in its use. Like him, many like William Blake, Claude Monet, Allen Ginsberg etc. loved sunflowers. In March 1987, a Japanese investor bought this sunflower painting at auction for US$40 million. It was a record at the time.

Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

Irises is one of Van Gogh’s most popular paintings. He painted it at the monastery of Saint Remy in 1889, just a year before his death. He painted it during the first week of his admission to the ashram. He thought that he did not lose his mental balance because he was able to paint. So he continued painting with great confidence. He painted a total of 130 paintings at the ashram.

In the first painting, there is no impression of his restlessness. But as the days went by his pictures were getting more and more random. He painted with great enthusiasm and passion. He was allowed to roam outside the ashram and he got inspiration from it.

Each petal of the iris is fundamental here. Subtly he understood the beauty of flowers. He was a particular fan of the Japanese ‘ukiyo-e’ (woodblock print) and its influence is evident in this film. Van did not consider this film to be his best work. Rather, he took it as a mere inquiry.

But the painting was exhibited in Paris before his brother Theo van’s death. The film sold for US $53.9 million in 1987 (equivalent to US $100 million today). It is the 15th most expensive painting of all time. It is now preserved at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Cafe Terrace at Night

Its other name is The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum). It was painted by Vincent Van in September 1888. It was in this picture that he painted the ‘starry sky’ for the first time.

Visitors can still see this view from the northeast side of the cafe. The place is still there, but has now been renamed ‘Café Van Gogh’. Vincent van Gogh is the most famous of these paintings. There has been much debate as to whether this painting is actually a creative reimagining of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Its proponents have also given ample arguments. But this painting has now become part of popular culture.

This image shows the exterior of the cafe. It seems like pure fantasy to a relaxed viewer. As if enjoying the beauty before the eyes without any particular purpose. Vincent van So said that the night is more alive, more colorful than the day.

The sharp contrast of warm yellows, greens and oranges is easily seen in this image. Black is absent despite being a night picture. It was from this image that Vincent Van began to paint his iconic ‘Starry Sky’. The trilogy is completed with Starry Night over the Rhone and Starry Night.

Self portrait with bandaged ear

Van was popular for his self-portraits. He painted more than thirty self-portraits during his lifetime. According to an incident with Paul Gauguin, he cut off part of his left ear with a razor. He then goes to the brothel and cuts up Rachel and tells her to keep him for life. After this incident he painted two portraits. Note that Van Gogh’s left ear is bandaged, but it appears to be the right ear due to the use of a mirror when painting the self-portrait.

In this picture Van Gogh is seen wearing a hat and overcoat. Indications of depression in facial expressions. The Japanese blockprint on the back suggests that he was a particular fan of ‘Ukiyo-e’. In this picture he shows the turmoil and turmoil of his mind by mixing long brush strokes and dialectical colors. This painting, painted in 1889, is now preserved at the Courtauld Gallery in London.

Almond Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh

It is one of the few paintings during his stay (1888-90) in the south of France (Saint Remy and Arles). Van’s particular weakness was flowers. Flowers were a symbol of hope to him. So Van loved to paint flowers. Almond flowers painted by him on the occasion of his nephew’s birth.

His brother Theo and his brother’s wife Jo had a child. Theo took his brother’s name and named the son Vincent Willem. “I want my son to be as brave and determined as you (Gakh),” Theo wrote to his brother.

Vincent van Gogh was happy to paint this picture as a gift to his nephew. Van’s family reportedly kept the photo. Flower buds are always pleasing to the eye. In early spring, almond blossoms symbolize rebirth. Van was a particular fan of Japanese prints, particularly ‘Ukiyo-e’.

He borrowed from it the use of bright colors, bold outlines. But at the same time it has become a ‘modern Van Gogh’. Theo hung it over their child’s bed. Theo’s wife wrote that she loved this picture of little Vincent. In a cruel irony, Van committed suicide a few months after painting the symbol of renewal.

His other classics include At Eternity’s Gate, Starry Night over the Rhone, Wheatfield with Crows, Wheat Field with Cypresses, The Red Vineyard, The Night Cafe.

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