Art Gallery Of Ontario, By Vincent Van Gogh And Edvard Munch Essay

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Art represents the divine through delivering what could be captured in our eyes, and the nature is the best media for human’s spiritual transcendence. During the period between 1880 and 1930, because of the rapid urban development in Europe and North America, the nature had become the path for artists to explore spiritual mediation. Natural landscape was widely used by artists as a metaphor for life of spirits, while the urban landscapes is regarded as the death of spirits. From the ongoing exhibition “Mystic Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more” in the Art Gallery of Ontario, it is interesting to find that the two masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch are sharing some similarities even though they were working on the different subject matters. In terms of chronologies of art history, there is commonplace to consider the subtle relations between the works of Van Gogh and Munch. These two artists who had gained outstanding achievement on their artistic career, both went to Paris for further professional training yet never met each other. Since the 1900s, Van Gogh’s and Munch’s works were exposed to the public on various art exhibitions, and were often displayed side by side since they are both experts using brushstrokes to create modern visual effects. Though Munch and Van Gogh’s painting are differing from each other on their practice of using paint (color), brushwork and lines, they were focusing on studying nature to observe inner human
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