Thursday, October 23, 2008

Timeless Masterpieces of The Great Masters- Van Gogh

The Starry Night (1889)



The Red Vineyard (1888)



The Night Cafe (1888)



The Old Mill (1888)



Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888)



The Cafe' Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night (1888)



The Cherry Tree (1888)



Self Portrait (1887)


Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853 - July 29, 1890) was a Dutch Post- Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world's best known, most popular and most expensive pieces. Van Gogh spent his early adult life working for a firm of art dealers. He did not embark upon a career as an artist until 1880. Initially, van Gogh worked only with somber colors until he encountered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism in Paris. He incorporated their brighter colors and style of painting into a uniquely recognizable style which was fully developed during the time he spent at Arles, France.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Goef-Zundert, a village close to Breda in the Province of North Brabant in the Southern Netherlands. While in Antwerp, he applied himself to the study of color theory and spent time looking at the works of Peter Paul Rubens, gaining encouragement to broaden his palette to carmine, cobalt and emerald green. In March 1886, he moved to Paris to study at Fernand Cormon's studio. It was not difficult to see and study Impressionist works in Paris at this time.

Van Gogh's depression deepened and on July 27, 1890 at the age of 37, he walked into the fields and shot himself in the chest with a revolver. Without realizing that he was fatally wounded, he returned to the Ravoux Inn where he died in bed two days later.

Tags: Timeless Masterpieces, Great Masters, Vincent van Gogh, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Netherlands, Depression, Suicide, Starry Night

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

11 comments:

lala said...

Oh, Van Gogh! One of my favorites. But I always was quite partial to the Impressionist movement.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lala,
I know you are, but who would not fall in love with those impressionist and neo-impressionist paintings. But there are other equality talented masters whose paintings can stand up to be among the best in the world. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Designing Hilary said...

Ooooh, thank you! Van Gogh is my all-time favorite.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Designing Hilary,
Thank you for appreciating van Gogh. If only his life was not as tragic as it was. Thanks for your visit. I appreciate that. God bless you always.

Hyderabadiz said...

Thanks for the bright light you brought to our Blog.

Your blogs are gr8 help to educate and bring awareness. Esp. this blog is excellent visualization. Wish you more blogging spirit.
Keep up.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

HI Hyderabadiz,
Thanks for the compliments but TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments. I really appreciate that. God bless.

Lotus Flower said...

One of the better or more popular Van Gogh works of art is Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, which has been reproduced and copied by so many unknowm artists.

I can't help but wonder, how such a gifted artist like him could even think of taking his own live. But, I guess at the time he did the act, success hasn't unfolded yet.

Maybe, such are the lives of the gifted.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lotus Flower,
He has contacted a social disease during his time and it was such a stigma to him. He is also probably suffering from bipolar disorder and have the usual mood swings from manic to depressive. Too bad really. Thanks for your visit and meaningful comments. God bless you always.

Shawie said...

wow! thanks for featuring Van Gogh, my favorite:) I already told my hubby to buy me the "The Cafe' Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night (1888)" for my office...

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shawie,
My jaw dropped when I read your comments. You must mean a reproduction of van Gogh's painting. The original will cost your husband probably a hundred million dollars. Van Gogh's paintings are very expensive. Anyway, thanks for your visit and extraordinary comments. God bless you always.

caca said...

alam mo, king di ko nabasa ang biography ni van, maniniwala akong napakasaya at makulay ang buhay nya base sa mga paintings nya.

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