Dutch Artist Vincent Van Gogh

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“The life of an artist is a gamble, what a gamble, it’s all or nothing.” As for post-impressionist and Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, nothing is what was received. Out of the nine-hundred paintings produced within ten years, only one was sold. Van Gogh was often ridiculed by other artists about his work and he had very few friends. One of his closest friends was his younger brother Theodorus “Theo” van Gogh. Vincent would often write to Theo and on various occasions he would write about the hardships of life, including the ways in which he was treated. In one particular letter he wrote “I wish they would only take me as I am.” Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy and mental illness, most commonly believed to be manic…show more content…
In Vincent van Gogh’s oil painting, he used an even amount of primary and secondary colors. In Starry Night, the dark values of the blues and greens contrast greatly with the lighter values of the yellows and oranges. On the subject of the colors, he stated “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”5 The high saturation of the work differs from the low saturation of Sower with Setting Sun also known as The Sower. The Sower is a drawing with pen and brown ink. The color brown is found in the yellow-red section of the color wheel and is a low saturation and low value hue. The brown ink gives the drawing a warm appearance whereas the blue hues in Starry Night have a more distant and cold feeling about them. Sower with Setting Sun is said to be influenced by Jean Francois’ Millet of a Sower, created in 1850, just thirty-eight years before Vincent van Gogh’s drawing of The Sower. Van Gogh, who had a religious upbringing and even became a pastor himself,2 may have also been inspired by Matthew 13 of the Bible , which says: “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched;

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