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  1. 1. Artist Project: Vincent Van Gogh Elizabeth Hein June 6, 2010 Mrs. Tang 8 th Grade English
  2. 2. Vital Statistics <ul><li>Born March 30, 1853 </li></ul><ul><li>Died July 29, 1890 </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Holland </li></ul><ul><li>Lived primarily in France as an adult </li></ul><ul><li>Male </li></ul>
  3. 3. Personal Background <ul><li>Extremely close to his brother Theo who encouraged Van Gogh throughout his career as a painter </li></ul><ul><li>He was a temporary missionary in Belgium in 1879 but the church did not accept him </li></ul><ul><li>In Paris, Van Gogh often visited The Louvre where he saw beautiful paintings that partly inspired him to paint </li></ul><ul><li>Van Gogh learned to draw by copying the works of Jean Francois Millet </li></ul><ul><li>His later years were defined by his insanity and extreme depression </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key Historical Events <ul><li>Absinthe was a popular drink in the late 1800s in France, which lead to Van Gogh’s addiction to the drink which triggered his alleged temporal lobe epilepsy, bipolar disorder, thujone poisoning, and hypergraphia, in addition to his schizophrenia </li></ul><ul><li>The Franco-Prussian War was in 1870 and since France lost this, it presumably resulted in economical struggles for Van Gogh’s family </li></ul><ul><li>Spending much of his life in the South of France, Van Gogh was inspired by the summer foliage and intense colors and landscapes, as well as the natives, which he often painted </li></ul>
  5. 5. Influence of the Art World <ul><li>The Impressionists inspired Van Gogh to paint in impressionism and lighten his palette </li></ul><ul><li>Friend Gauguin introduced painting by memory </li></ul><ul><li>Because Van Gogh’s palette was so light, artists who followed him also had lighter palettes </li></ul><ul><li>Van Gogh painted unique things </li></ul><ul><li>He continues to influence people such as singer/songwriter Don Mclean who even wrote a song about him called “Vincent” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Van Gogh’s Influence Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles (1889) 1890 Release (unknown)
  7. 7. Vincent (Starry Starry Night) <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dipFMJckZOM </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stylistic Traits <ul><li>Impressionism </li></ul><ul><li>Swirls </li></ul><ul><li>Smudged/ blurred </li></ul><ul><li>Colorful Palette </li></ul>
  9. 9. Impressionism <ul><li>Self Portrait with Straw Hat (1887) </li></ul><ul><li>The beard, hat and background all reflect the broad brushstrokes common in Impressionistic artwork </li></ul>
  10. 10. Swirls <ul><li>Starry Night (1889) </li></ul><ul><li>The swirls that make up the sky as well as the plant demonstrate a frequent style found in Van Gogh’s work </li></ul>
  11. 11. Smudges/ Blurred <ul><li>Fritillaries in a Copper Vase (1887) </li></ul><ul><li>Van Gogh smudged/ blurred the flowers and vase in the picture and he did so in various </li></ul>
  12. 12. Colorful Palette <ul><li>Café Terrace at Night (1888) </li></ul><ul><li>Van Gogh used a variety of colors in all his work to accent shadows and show that everything has more than one color </li></ul>
  13. 13. Inspiration for my Artwork Starry Night (1889) Vase of Lilacs, Daisies, and Anemones (1887)
  14. 14. Stylistic Traits of My Original Art Daisies in a Vase with Wildflowers (2010) <ul><li>Impressionism- the presence of the individual lines and colors in the vase </li></ul><ul><li>Swirls- the background has swirls similarly found in Starry Night </li></ul><ul><li>Smudges/ Blurred- I smudged the flowers and blurred the leaves </li></ul><ul><li>Subject- Van Gogh often painted vases of flowers similar to mine </li></ul><ul><li>Colors- Van Gogh used many different bright colors in his work and I used a variety of colors, especially with the flowers </li></ul>
  15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>My work has swirls in the background, has a subject that could have been painted by Van Gogh, demonstrates the smudges common to van Gogh's work, uses bright colors, and uses the various lines of impressionism </li></ul><ul><li>I have learned that it is important to plan every detail of a work of art before beginning </li></ul><ul><li>The most challenging part was deciding what to draw </li></ul><ul><li>The principal strength of my artwork is the vase because it has clear impressionistic lines and is made up of numerous colors </li></ul><ul><li>A weakness of my artwork is the leaves in the vase because they look awkward and too well defined, they are not rough enough </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thanks! Questions?