Vincent Van Gogh began using a different style of painting we know call ‘expressionism’.
His paintings have vivid colours and strong lines and they express emotions.
The Starry Night, 1888, oil on canvas, located in Paris Museum
Vincent Van Gogh was an unusual man who spent most of his time alone and in his bedroom. This painting of his bedroom is quite neat but apparently most of his life was a mess.
In 1889, after cutting off his ear and giving it to a lady, Vincent van Gogh entered an asylum in France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum’s garden. Each one of Van Gogh’s irises is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines.
If you ever go to the National Gallery in London you will see Van Gogh’s most famous painting, ‘Sunflowers’. It was painted during a brief period in his life when he was happy and optimistic. The use of the colour yellow reflects this. He painted fast and he put the paint on very thick, sometimes straight from the tube.
Art Appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art.
We can ask the questions:
1.What do I see?
2. What do I think?
3.What do I wonder?
Can you see the expressionism used in Grade 6 art?