Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh: Self Portrait

I have taken an interest in the artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Sunday evening, I was watching an episode of Dr Who in which The Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond, meet none other than…? [You guessed it]… Van Gogh.

Yesterday, with toddler in tow I made a pilgrimage to the local library and borrowed two books on Van Gogh, which were “What makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh?” and “Van Gogh: The essential visual guide to his life and art, and to the influences that shaped his work”. Now, if that isn't a mouthful…
It is heart breaking knowing so many artists throughout time are so unappreciated during their years on earth. I think though, these days it is much easier for an artist to be recognised, appreciated, and appropriately paid for their work.

Thankfuly, when Van Gogh passed away, his loving family took care of of his surviving work, and ensured that it was given due recognition in the art world.

I love how Van Gogh used yellow and blue in his paintings. Most especially in his night time landscapes.

Vincent Van Gogh: The Cafe Terrace At Night

Vincent Van Gogh: Church At Auvers

Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night