Van Gogh Art Case Study Essay

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Vincent Van Gogh was formed by his social, cultural and historical context. This is expressed clearly in the underlying stories of both paintings, Starry Night, 1889 and Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889. Both of these paintings portray a narrative relating to Van Gogh significantly as he emotionally connects to the subject in each painting. Van Gogh’s aim of these subjective works was to express meaning through colour and express the painting to a more personal emotion for the viewer. Van Gogh belonged to a small style of Post Impressionism which was a reaction against Impressionism and their formality. Van Gogh was a Post Impressionist artist who painted expressively to portray emotions subjectively, like Gauguin, rather then…show more content…
Sunflowers, 1888. When he was more miserable he used darker, mysterious colours i.e. Starry Night 1889; and when he was straight to the point, Self-Portrait if Bandaged Ear, 1889. He conveyed his emotional life in his art. He never tried to hide his depression, yet instead highlighting this in his paintings, and this is what makes him so individual. Discuss how the social, cultural and historical context shaped the meanings communicated in the artwork. Both these artworks were constructed around the same times, 1889 in the 19th century. This was a time in Van Gogh’s life of great misplacement and the downhill run to his suicide in 1890 at 37. A series of events led to his downfall including such events as: chasing Gauguin with a knife, resulting in the fallout of their relationship; cutting his left ear off as a consequence for his misbehaviour and handing it to a prostitute as a ‘gift’ in 1888; finally shooting himself in the chest. Dying two days later in 1890. These series of events subsequently relate to Van Gogh’s paintings, as he painted with full attentive emotion within his artworks using colour as a vehicle to convey his subjective emotions. This was the time of the Industrial Revolution throughout Europe resulting in the changes in economic and social organization as technology evolved that began in about 1760 in England and later in other countries, characterized primarily by the placement of hand tools with power driven machines, such as the

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