The Role of Color in the Art of Vincent Van Gogh

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What role did colour play in the art of Van Gogh?

When people think of Vincent van Gogh they immediately think 'colour'. This is mostly due to his bright French Paintings, but his first paintings in the Netherlands are never thought of as colourful. This is untrue, colour was always an important element in Gogh's entire lifetime of works. Even though the melancholy paintings from Holland and the glowing works from Paris seem completely different they are a result of the same theory and practise.

Vincent Van Gogh was mostly self thought and began his career in art by studding nineteenth century 'how to draw' books and copying prints he liked. He felt like he had to master drawing techniques first in order to become a great painter. Van Gogh also had the idea that he had to work with black and white before he could master colour. He focused on form and perspective sketches. When he grew strong enough at drawing he began to start using colour. He became very adventurous and his fearless colour palette developed into one of the most significant features of his later works.
Van Gogh produced over 150 watercolour paintings in his short life. These didn't feature his use of texture but, they are undoubtedly his due to the recognizable use of vibrant colour. Originally he used watercolour to add shadows to his drawings but the more he worked with them the greater he got and they became finished masterpieces.
After just five years of studying art Gogh felt ambitious and wanted to

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