Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, Arles: View from the Wheat Field, 1888

Arles: View from the Wheat Fields by Vincent van Gogh

By Dan Scott / December 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Arles: View from the Wheat Fields by Vincent van Gogh

Let’s take a closer look at Arles: View from the Wheat Fields by Vincent van Gogh. I’ll cover: Key Details Main Colors Grayscale Notan Rule of Thirds Similar Paintings Other Resources Want to Learn More? Vincent van Gogh, Arles: View from the Wheat Field, 1888 (Click here to download a high-resolution image of the painting.) … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, 1885

The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

By Dan Scott / November 30, 2021 / Comments Off on The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh

Let’s take a closer look at The Potato Eaters by Vincent van Gogh. I’ll cover: Key Details Key Features Main Colors Grayscale Notan Rule of Thirds Similar Paintings Other Resources Want to Learn More? Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, 1885 (Click here to download a high-resolution image of the painting.) Key Details Date created: … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, Garden Coin With Butterflies, 1887 (Movement)

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies

By Dan Scott / July 30, 2021 / 57 Comments

Let’s take a closer look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies. I’m always impressed at how well van Gogh was able to inject life into even the most simple subjects. There’s a sense of movement and activity about it. I’ll cover: Vibrating Colors Light and Shadow (Value) Brushwork, Movement, and Texture Key Points of … Read more

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Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night

By Dan Scott / March 26, 2021 / 83 Comments

Let’s take a look at Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Café Terrace at Night. I’ll cover: Key Facts and Ideas Striking Contrast and Color in the Night Value (Light and Shadow) Brushwork and Outlining Composition Key Takeaways Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888 Van Gogh describes it well: “On the terrace, there are little figures … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, Vincent's Bedroom In Arles, 1889

A Closer Look at Bedroom in Arles by Vincent Van Gogh

By Dan Scott / October 6, 2019 / 32 Comments

In this post, I take a closer look at Bedroom in Arles by Vincent van Gogh-a colorful depiction of his bedroom, with an awkward perspective, and the typical van Gogh style. Vincent van Gogh, Bedroom in Arles, 1888 (First Version) Key Facts Here are some of the key facts about the painting: It depicts van Gogh’s … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, The Arles Sunflowers, August 1888 (First Version)

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers

By Dan Scott / June 19, 2019 / 18 Comments

In this post, I take a closer look at Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers series which he painted in Paris and Arles. The series highlights van Gogh’s progression in color and style. It also provides some interesting links between van Gogh and another famous artist, Paul Gauguin. Vincent van Gogh, Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, 1888 … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889

A Closer Look at “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh

By Dan Scott / February 15, 2019 / 83 Comments

In this post I will be taking a closer look at “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, which he painted in 1889. With swirling lines and dramatic colors, this dreamy depiction is one of van Gogh’s most iconic works.  “I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.” Vincent van Gogh … Read more

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Claude Monet, Sunrise (Marine), 1873, Up Close 1

Using Google Arts & Culture To See The Master Paintings Up Close

By Dan Scott / May 22, 2018 / 6 Comments

Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online initiative which provides public access to extremely high-resolution photos of artworks and cultural objects. The initiative has partnered with many museums to provide intimate access to some of the most famous paintings in history. Below are some of my favorite master paintings up close. The first … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, The Paris Sunflowers, 1887 (4)

11 Interesting Facts About Vincent van Gogh

By Dan Scott / April 4, 2018 / 64 Comments

Vincent van Gogh has got to be one of the most interesting artists of history. He is one of the most famous artists in history, yet during his lifetime he was hardly known and suffered financial hardship. I wonder how he would feel about his post-mortem fame? Despite his current fame, many people do not know … Read more

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How The Impressionists Used Complementary Colors To Great Effect

By Dan Scott / December 6, 2017 / 14 Comments

Complementary colors are basically colors that are on directly opposite sides of the color wheel. So blue is a complement of orange, red is a complement of green, yellow is a complement of violet and so on. Complementary colors provide striking visual effects when paired together. Claude Monet said this about complementary colors in 1888: … Read more

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