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VAN GOGH: Cafe Terrace at Night
Transcript of VAN GOGH: Cafe Terrace at Night
Cafe Terrace at Night by Van Gogh: A Critique
Elements of Art - this
exemplifies why Cafe Terrace at Night is a work of art.
How to Critique
Describe - Size, Medium and other artistic elements
What do you see with out giving a personal opinion?
Analyze- Apply elements and principles of art to the work. Observations should be stated as facts.
Interpret- What was the artist trying to say? What is the meaning of the work? Does it illicit feeling? Support thoughts and ideas.
Judge- Is this work of art succesful? Like or Dislike? Provide aesthetic view. Emotionalist, Formalist or Imitationalist? How does your view influence your interpretation of the artwork or the intentions of the artist?
Principles of Art
Cafe Terrace At Night is an example of asymmetrical
with the brighter elements on the left drawing the viewer into the Cafe's yellows and oranges.
is the use of light and dark, various colors and textures, as well as different sizes and shapes. What contrasts does Van Gogh use?
refers to the focal point (or focus) of the painting, what grabs your attention?
(the cafe? the starry sky? why or why not? )
t is how the artist entices the viewer to look at all parts of a work. Van Gogh uses movement in this piece through the use of color, line, and texture. What parts of the painting draw you in? Do you see the painting as a whole or in different parts? (the cafe, the streets, the people?)
describes repetition of color, line, etc. in a piece. Are there any noticeable patterns in this work?
involves repetition of one or more of the elements of art.
describes how all the parts of the artwork work together as a whole. Does this work of art have unity?
"Art Walk" - Imagine walking through Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night. Pretend you are working in the Cafe or one of the patrons dining. Are you one of the people walking by? Are you a shop owner near the cafe? Write about what is happening, how you feel, what you are doing, and conversations around you. Is the starry night as beautiful as it appears in the painting? Use this journal entry to be creative while using the setting of the painting as the focal point in your story.
A little extra about Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh is known for is Impressionist style paintings.
His use of line,
and vivid colors are almost immediately recognizable.
throughout this painting provide variety ; some straight (as in the buildings) and some curved (the cobblestone streets and starry night sky)
in this painting are bold and vibrant. Van Gogh himself says, “here you have a night painting without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green and in this surrounding the illuminated area colors itself sulfur pale yellow and citron green.”
of this painting showcases the bold strokes and bright color palette.
Van Gogh makes a great use of
. The entire canvas has been covered with contrasting yellows and blues.
Cafe Terrace at Night displays a physical
or actual texture. The paint is very thick and almost has a life of it's own. The strong physical texture increases the emotional impact of the painting.
Both light and dark
of blues and yellows and oranges radiate from this piece of art drawing you into the
of the Cafe itself.