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The life of vincent van gogh

  1. 1. The Life ofThe Life ofVincent Van GoghVincent Van GoghWorld LiteratureWorld LiteratureSouthern Baptist CollegeSouthern Baptist College
  2. 2. Vincent Van Gogh’s ArtVincent Van Gogh’s Artby: Robert Wallaceby: Robert WallaceVincent Van Gogh’s work is of anVincent Van Gogh’s work is of anextremely personal sort. His landscapes,extremely personal sort. His landscapes,figures, interiors, and still lifes are in afigures, interiors, and still lifes are in asense self-portraits as well. It was hissense self-portraits as well. It was hismethod to fuse what he saw and what hemethod to fuse what he saw and what hefelt into paintings that were revelations offelt into paintings that were revelations ofhimself. His color and his warmth are sohimself. His color and his warmth are sopowerful that looking at one of hispowerful that looking at one of hispaintings can be like staring into the blue,paintings can be like staring into the blue,yellow, and orange flames beyond theyellow, and orange flames beyond thesuddenly opened furnace.suddenly opened furnace.
  3. 3. Van Gogh committed himself toVan Gogh committed himself tobeing an artist because through artbeing an artist because through arthe could pour out his feelings. Ithe could pour out his feelings. Itwas his way of showing hiswas his way of showing hiscompassion for the poor Dutchcompassion for the poor Dutchpeasants whom he loved so much.peasants whom he loved so much.This was his way of communicatingThis was his way of communicatingwith God.with God.
  4. 4. The Potato Eaters, 1885 by: Vincent Van Gogh
  5. 5. The Potato EatersThe Potato Eaters is known as Vanis known as VanGogh’s first masterpiece. In dark,Gogh’s first masterpiece. In dark,earthen colors he gives witness toearthen colors he gives witness tothe grim life of people to whomthe grim life of people to whomdinner consists of stabbing at boileddinner consists of stabbing at boiledpotatoes in a room, as crude as apotatoes in a room, as crude as astable. In details like the gnarled,stable. In details like the gnarled,work hands and coarse features, thework hands and coarse features, thetenderness in the eyes of the girl,tenderness in the eyes of the girl,and the glow of the orangeand the glow of the orangelamplight, Van Gogh attests to alamplight, Van Gogh attests to aharsh but thoroughly human reality.harsh but thoroughly human reality.
  6. 6. The painting is a statement andThe painting is a statement andindictment toward which Van Gogh hadindictment toward which Van Gogh hadbeen tending all his life. He wrote “I havebeen tending all his life. He wrote “I havetried to emphasize that these people,tried to emphasize that these people,eating their potatoes in the lamplight,eating their potatoes in the lamplight,have dug the earth with those very handshave dug the earth with those very handsthey put in the dish, and so it speaks ofthey put in the dish, and so it speaks ofmanual labor and how they have honestlymanual labor and how they have honestlyearned their food. I have wanted to giveearned their food. I have wanted to givethe impression of a way of life quitethe impression of a way of life quitedifferent from that of us civilized people.different from that of us civilized people.Therefore, I am not anxious for everyoneTherefore, I am not anxious for everyoneto like it or admire it at once. I amto like it or admire it at once. I ampersonally convinced that I get betterpersonally convinced that I get betterresults by painting them in theirresults by painting them in theirroughness than b y giving them aroughness than b y giving them aconventional charm.”conventional charm.”
  7. 7. There are no references to theThere are no references to thereligion in Van Gogh’s remarks aboutreligion in Van Gogh’s remarks aboutThe Potato EatersThe Potato Eaters, and yet it is a, and yet it is areligious painting of the mostreligious painting of the mostpowerful sort. It is at once a visionpowerful sort. It is at once a visionof a sacrament- the communion ofof a sacrament- the communion ofthose who toil- an accusation. It isthose who toil- an accusation. It isintended to arouse a sense of guiltintended to arouse a sense of guiltand wrath among “civilized” peopleand wrath among “civilized” peoplewho tolerate or profit from humanwho tolerate or profit from humandegradation.degradation.
  8. 8. Those peasants stirred Van GoghThose peasants stirred Van Goghdeeply. To him, painting peasant lifedeeply. To him, painting peasant lifewas a serious thing. In his drawings,was a serious thing. In his drawings,he did not particularize faces. Hehe did not particularize faces. Hewanted to show the humanwanted to show the humancondition, not portray individuals.condition, not portray individuals.Even in his landscapes, still lifes, andEven in his landscapes, still lifes, andportraits, he demonstrated hisportraits, he demonstrated hiscontinuing dedication to acontinuing dedication to aheightened expression of life.heightened expression of life.
  9. 9. More on Van Gogh:More on Van Gogh:Van Gogh was advanced for his time.Van Gogh was advanced for his time.His paintings were not conventional. TheyHis paintings were not conventional. Theywere reflective of the roughness ofwere reflective of the roughness ofpoverty and the miseries of the poorpoverty and the miseries of the poorpeople. He got so frustrated with thepeople. He got so frustrated with thesociety that did not feel the poor. Hesociety that did not feel the poor. Hemutilated his ears because he did not wantmutilated his ears because he did not wantto hear the mockery and arrogance ofto hear the mockery and arrogance of“civilized” society. In the end, Van Gogh“civilized” society. In the end, Van Goghcommitted suicide when he felt he couldcommitted suicide when he felt he couldnot free the poor peasants from thenot free the poor peasants from thebondage of poverty and misery. Very fewbondage of poverty and misery. Very fewpeople understood Van Gogh’s cause. Inpeople understood Van Gogh’s cause. Infact, it was only Theo, his brother, whofact, it was only Theo, his brother, whounderstood his cause.understood his cause.
  10. 10. Starry Night by: Vincent Van Gogh
  11. 11. VincentBy: Don McLeanStarry, Starry nightPaint your palette blue and greyLook out on a summer’s dayWith eyes that know the darkness in my soulShadows on the hills,Sketch the trees and daffodils,Catch the breeze and the winter chillsIn colors on the snowy linen land
  12. 12. Now I understandNow I understandWhat you tried to say to meWhat you tried to say to meAnd how you suffered for your sanityAnd how you suffered for your sanityAnd how you tried to set them free;And how you tried to set them free;They would not listenThey would not listenThey did not know how,They did not know how,Perhaps they’ll listen now.Perhaps they’ll listen now.Starry, starry nightStarry, starry nightFlaming flowers that brightly blazeFlaming flowers that brightly blazeSwirling clouds in violent hazeSwirling clouds in violent hazeReflect in Vincent’s eyes of China blue.Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of China blue.Colors changing hue,Colors changing hue,Morning fields of amber grain,Morning fields of amber grain,Weathered faces lined with painWeathered faces lined with painAre soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand.
  13. 13. For they could not love you,For they could not love you,But still your love was true,But still your love was true,And when no hope was left in sightAnd when no hope was left in sightOn that starry, starry nightOn that starry, starry nightYou took your life, as lovers often do;You took your life, as lovers often do;But I could have told you, Vincent,But I could have told you, Vincent,This world was never meantThis world was never meantFor one as beautiful as you.For one as beautiful as you.Starry, starry night,Starry, starry night,Portraits hung on empty hallsPortraits hung on empty hallsFrameless heads on nameless wallsFrameless heads on nameless wallsWith eyes that watch the world and can’t forget.With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget.Like the strangers that you’ve met,Like the strangers that you’ve met,The ragged men in ragged clothes,The ragged men in ragged clothes,The silver thorns of bloody roseThe silver thorns of bloody roseLie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.
  14. 14. Now I think I knowNow I think I knowWhat you tried to say to meWhat you tried to say to meAnd how you suffered for your sanityAnd how you suffered for your sanityAnd how you tried to set them free.And how you tried to set them free.They would not listenThey would not listenThey’re not listening still,They’re not listening still,Perhaps they never will . . . .Perhaps they never will . . . .
  15. 15. Birth name:Birth name: Vincent Willem van GoghVincent Willem van GoghBorn:Born: 30 March 1853)30 March 1853)ZundertZundert,, NetherlandsNetherlandsDied:Died: 29 July 1890) (aged 37)29 July 1890) (aged 37)Auvers-sur-OiseAuvers-sur-Oise,, FranceFranceNationality:Nationality: DutchDutchField:Field: PainterPainterMovement:Movement: Post-ImpressionismPost-ImpressionismWorks:Works: The Potato EatersThe Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Starry Night,, Sunflowers, The Starry Night,Irises, Portrait of Dr. GachetIrises, Portrait of Dr. GachetPatrons:Patrons: Theo van GoghTheo van Gogh

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