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Vincent van Gogh
Transcript of Vincent van Gogh
Hello 6C, Today, I will be informing you all about Vincent van Gogh, and his famous painting,"The Starry Night." After this presentation, you will know everything there is to know about Vincent van Gogh, and his famous painting, The Starry Night. Hope you enjoy!
Vincent van Gogh was born on March, 30th, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands. Vincent was a post-impressionist painter whose work was notable for its beauty, emotion, and colour, highly influenced 20th century artwork. He struggled with mental illness, remained poor, and was unknown throughout his life. He is the son of Theodorus van Gogh, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Theodorus was an austere country minister, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus was a moody artist whose love of nature, drawing, and watercolours were transferred to her son; Vincent van Gogh. At the age of 15, Vincent's family was financially struggling. Eventually, Vincent was forced to leave school to work. He got a job at his uncles art dealership. In June 1873, Vincent was transferred to the Groupil Gallery in London. There, he fell in love with his landlady's daughter, Eugenie Loyer. When she rejected his marriage proposal, van Gogh suffered a mental breakdown. He threw away every single book he owned, except for the bible, and devoted his life to God. He became angry with people at work, telling customers not to buy "The worthless art," and was eventually fired. After being physically unstable, van Gogh cut off his ear and offered it to a prostitute. Much later, he died on July, 29th, 1890, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
What emotions, moods, or tones are set by the author?
There is starry night sky filled with swirling clouds, stars ablaze with luminescence, and a bright crescent moon. The sky keeps the viewer's eyes moving around the painting, following the curves, and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the viewer looking at the painting, while the other factors take hold. Also, when you look at this painting, it is supposed to give you a comfortable feeling.
What message is he trying to convey?
As you can see, the dark colours and the fiery windows are supposed to bring back memories of childhood years, filled with imagination of everything that exists in the dark starry skies. He is also saying that there is much more to the dark skies, than just stars and darkness.
Vincent van Gogh
What methods did he use?
Vincent used line and colour to express his emotions. Each colour has its own different, but unique meaning. In this painting, Vincent used dark shades like, purple, olive green, midnight black, brown, several shades of light and dark blue, also yellow. Even though he used such a colour in this painting, Vincent made it blend in with the dark shades, to match the theme of his painting.
Were there elements of design incorporated to achieve these goals?
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Did you Know:
Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh.
Vincent has made over 900 paintings.
Van Gogh shot himself in a wheat field in Auvers, France but did not die, untill two days after at the age of 37
Vincent only sold one painting in his life, and became famous after his death.
Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his ear. He only cut off a small portion of his ear lobe.
Vincent used many elements of design in this artwork. For colour, he used different dark shades, as well as some bright colours like blue and yellow. Also, in the painting, each colour has its own value/meaning. Vincent experimented with many different lines. As you can see, the lines curve, swirl, and twist in an interesting way.