October 11, 2021 4 min read

Van Gogh’s life as an artist was not easy as he had to deal with many adversities. At the age of 27, he decided that he wanted to be an artist. He went on to pursue art taking classes at different schools and museums. Van Gogh is known for painting Sunflowers, and one of my favorite paintings is called The Starry Night. It is an oil on canvas painting with thick brushstrokes that portrays stars with swirls around.

During he went on to pursue art taking classes at different schools and museums. this time he began painting in oils and used heavy impasto technique-painting thickly applied paint onto the canvas. His work included landscapes, still lifes, portraits and numerous self-portraits. He pursued art with a passion that few people possess. In just over 10 years, he created about 900 works of art making him one of the world’s most celebrated artists today.


Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who moved to Paris in 1886 to follow his dream of being an artist. His early works were dark, heavy and somber, but his later artworks developed into more vibrant, colorful pieces. Van Gogh had a distinct style of drawing and painting, using swirls, dots and lines. He was influenced by the Impressionist movement, which particularly reflected on his use of color.
The use of color in these paintings was also analyzed by Ronald Pickvance and said that Van Gogh used colors as "dramatic counterpoints, accentuating and complementing the moods and emotions of the human subject." Pickvance claimed that Van Gogh's palette at the time consisted mainly of somber earth tones and lacked strong pigments such as red and green.


Van Gogh made a distinct use of complementary color scheme, which was a definite shift from the classical treatment of colors. He used complementary colors for his paintings to reflect his emotions and feelings. The use of primary colors and the use of their complementary colors, also known as secondary colors, is a basic technique used for impressionistic painting. When a primary color is put against a complementary color, it creates a contrasting color scheme, creating a powerful effect.
To demonstrate this concept, Van Gogh painted Starry Night, an iconic masterpiece that demonstrates the distinct style of Van Gogh followed to use color for his painting. In this case, Van Gogh used blue and orange as the complementary color scheme. The combination of orange and blue creates green which is not actually seen in this painting but is felt due to the contrast created by these two colors. This particular painting also consists of impasto and brushstrokes that Van Gogh used for emphasizing the texture of his paintings as well as giving it more depth. Brushstrokes are evident in the sky with streaks of blue paint sprayed on top with white dots that give out a different kind of feel to it as well as adds texture to it. In addition, there are many layers applied onto this painting with various shades as well.

This ariticle will compare two paintings, The Sower and The Night Café, and demonstrates the techniques and nuances of both paintings.

NO. 1 : THE SOWER, 1888

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