Vincent van Gogh is one of the most prolific painters of the modern times. Praised for his use of types of lines and reinventing movement and color definition in art. He is maybe the most famous and influential figure of western arts, despite the fact that he started to paint very late in his life. Yet in just ten years, he created more than 2100 artworks. As hard as it is, we brave up ourselves to collect, in our opinion, the top 10 Vincent Van Gogh’s famous paintings.
Before immersing in heavy avant-garde post-impressionism, you should definitely also check out our post on 10 best paintings by Salvador Dalí. And now, let’s get delve into van Gogh’s artworks.
Starry Night over the Rhone
One of the best paintings of all time, this one was created in the happy and creatively fruitful period in the life of Van Gogh. He lived in the ancient French town of Arles, where he disappeared from troubles and anxieties – in a lovely yellow house, not far from the embankment.
The Night Cafe
“The Night Cafe” is one of Vincent van Gogh’s famous paintings post ear-cutting. The artist spent many nights in this Arles café. He knew the cafe owners well as they repeatedly posed for him. But Vincent’s vigilant gaze did not escape that visitors often tried to run away from reality. To convey the atmosphere of pernicious passions, the artist focused on three colors, each of which had its own task. Red personified anxiety and passion; acrid yellow conveys a feeling of gloom and smokiness; dark green creates a feeling of staleness and decay.
The Starry Night
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is probably the most famous painting of the night sky. He masterfully emphasized the celestial whirlwinds in his canvas. It seems like the stars are in motion. People are still trying to unravel the symbolism of “The Starry Night.” Van Gogh painted “The Starry Night” during a difficult period of his life in 1888, at the time he was in an insane asylum in the south of France.
Maybe the best representation of Vincent van Gogh paintings. One of the main features of “Iris” is a mixture of two styles, elements of Japanese prints and impressionism. Van Gogh was fond of Japanese art, which is easy to grasp in the picture. The reinforced contours of the elements, large areas of solid color.
This painting of Vincent van Gogh is a kind of “time machine”. The canvas “transfers” to the autumn French town of Arles in 1888. He dreamed of turning the yellow building on the corner into his home.
Wheatfield with Crows
“Wheat Field with Crows” is not only one of the last paintings of Van Gogh, but it also shows the place of his suicide. Art critics pay attention to the rough and almost sloppy strokes with which the artist painted an empty road, a stormy sky, a field, and ominously circling black crows. The artist’s favorite colors, blue and yellow, seem dirty and “painful.” Even three roads, intertwining into one, end in a dead end – there, only one field left ahead.
Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers series include a dozen works of the painter and considered a symbol of Van Gogh’s work, along with “The Starry Night.” Van Gogh loved sunflowers and the color yellow. The first cycle of sunflowers was painted in Paris in 1887.
Café Terrace at Night
This painting is known for being created without a speck of black ink. Moreover, Van Gogh managed to combine two of his main passions in one canvass – the love of yellow shades and the beauty of the night sky.
The Potato Eaters
“The Potato Eaters” – one of the most unknown facts about Vincent Van Gogh, is that he also painted scenes using colors more common of baroques’ and realistic and historic schematized scenarios. The faces of the peasants sitting at the table are open and straightforward. Reflections of a kerosene lamp, a dish with potatoes, and glasses of barley coffee —the artist displays an uncanny truth of life.
Red Vineyards in Arles
Nature itself inspired Van Gogh to create this painting. One day, on the way home, he saw a picturesque vineyard at sunset. The leaves turned a purple color, reminiscent of wine – that was how Vincent described the amazing sight in a letter to his brother. The sun gave the sky a greenish tone; and to the Earth and people, lilac.
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