IntroductionVince Van Gogh is one of the Netherlands’ most popular artists wholived from 1853 to 1890. Very few artists have managed to create a body ofartistic work that is so inseparable from the myths and facts of the artist’spersona and life. Vincent Van Gogh’s ecstatic passion and unbridledcontemplation of life, art, nature, his generosity, his intense religious andspiritual zeal, sincere disposition, ardent and his mysterious and violentillness that contributed to his suicide at the age of 37 years.
All of these have contributed to the powerfuland often inaccurate myths obscuring a clear comprehension of his life and hisartistic work. His stay at Arles, St. Remy and Auvers gave him time to paint ata near frantic pace till he felt broke and crazy. His last thirty months oflife is composed of the most successful and prolific period of his artisticwork. However, the mental extortion,physical sheer and stress of this artistic output was too much for hisimpinging illness, therefore as his condition worsened gradually, his artisticwork become increasingly simple, daring and accomplished at a tender age (VanGogh, 2017).
Amongst his artistic work, “the Olive Trees” is whatcaught my eyes as soon as I saw it. This essay will be focusing on, Vince VanGogh’s artistic work and try between his artistic work mainly, this of OliveTrees’ colour, tone, style, images and symbolism to his personal and culturalexperiences and conflicts.The available letters show that Vince only worked duringcomprehensible periods. It is ultimately, misguided to view and interpretVince’s artistic work from a psychological view. The available evidence showsthat he was in a stable condition to the extent of discussing his creative workin a rational and superior manner with his friends and relatives.
Thisdisputes, the myth that a vast of his artistic work was motivated by hispsychological conditions. In fact, his art was a catalyst for his related mentalillness. He raised sentiments of real regret at the rate of his mental andphysical disintegration that he believed were attributed to his obsession ofart. “the more I spent, the more I get ill, a broken pitcher, by so muchmore I am an artist” He expressed his emotions. When we think of thisstatement, a melancholic tone tents within us; we think of a time one couldhave used little cost to create life than creating art.
Although he was anoutsider (non-French) he quickly felt part of the Paris community of artists.The use of light, the influence of the impressionists’ colour theories, hisrising interest in Japanese prints greatly helped in bringing Vince closer tohis artistic style; the use of pseudo- Pointillist approach to painting inregular, discrete, short brushstrokes in heavy impasto and vibrant colours(Van-Gogh, 2011). Unlike other painters, Vince was a self-taught painter.
For thefirst two years, he did not paint anything; instead, he used them in perfectinghis artistic styles and skills. In 1884, moved to Paris where his career wasinfluenced by the impressionists. While in Paris, instead of using the dark,moody hues he began using bright colours. Later one, because he was not a bigfan of the city he moved to Arles where he wanted to establish his artisticcolony, but his personality could not augur well with his partner; Vince woreworn-out clothes and had a tendency of being stubborn and moody. Everyonethought of him as unusual and treated him differently something thatsignificantly affected his artistic work (van & Gayford, 2017).Amongst his famous paintings include the Starry Night that wascreated on the evening of June 19, 1889, the sunflower painting, the Café atNight painting and the Farmhouse in Provence. However, the one that has got myeyes is “The Olive Trees painting”.
This is oil on canvas painting. It forms just a piece in thepost-impressionist style. Post-impressionists extended the art of Impressionismwhile rejecting its lack of emotions. These artists continued to apply the useof thick application of paint, vivid colours, distinctive brush strokes andTopofart (real-life subject matter). This is the type of style that iswitnessed throughout most of Vince’s artistic works particularly in this art of”The Olive Trees”. In his artistic work, Vince used a technique knownas “impasto”, where he used thick oil paint combined with rough widebrushstrokes to create a rich texture in the majority of his artistic work.Apart from this work, he also used this technique in other works including TheStarry Night”. The subject matter of this painting is the Olive Trees(Handel, 2013).
They formed his immediate environment of the asylum which hehad admitted himself to it. Unlike other pictures he had done before his death,this had a lighter mood. It seems, at this particular moment he had foundhappiness or something off his mind that fascinating against his mentalsickness and deep depression. This can be witnessed through the bright colourshe used and the dancing lines he used to create a mellow and happy mood in thepiece.By use of light coloured clouds and blued mountains, Van managed tocreate a well-balanced atmosphere. The bright colour used for the shadows helpsin bringing out the unusual green colour used in the foreground grass and olivetrees. He brings the message of symmetrical balance.
The movement of thepaintings, the mixture of blue, green and bright, the thickness amalgamates tobring balance between nature and the social norms. The fresh colours clam theserenity thereby producing a sense of balance. The movement, his paintings,shows real-life atmosphere. Emphasis has focused the balance between the tonesto pay stability and the flow of nature. The rhythm of Vince’s pictures comesin knowing that olive trees are flowing with the flow of clouds that gives thema bright shadow. The bright colours used and the curvy lines applied amalgamateand flow together to bring out the message of unity (Handel, 2013).Vince’s paintings is a clear representation of the saying that realpainters do not paint things as they are, they paint them as they see them.
Hispaintings were pictorial message conveying his spiritual and emotional state tothe rest of his audience at a time he created them. The time and circumstancesunder which he was living greatly impacted majority of his artistic work. Forexample, his temperamental persona was echoed in his dramatic, rhythmic andemotional resonance that conveyed far much the appearance and reflection of hissubject paintings i.e., the starry night.
This laid emphasis on his emotionallife, through the painting of the tumultuous and swirling depiction of the skyline.ConclusionDespite being a self-taught artist, Vince Van Gogh was a verytalented artist. Collectively, he had very many artistic pieces to show theworld. In spite of having a moody and mental illness, he found a lot ofinspiration around him that formed the subject of his work. His artwork can befound on the Van Gogh Museum that houses an extensive collection of artworksdone by him. Overall, Vince had emotions and a message in his artistic work.
Vince had financial support from his brother meaning that he supported hiscareer. The same way, when you buy his work or visit the Van Gogh Museum, youare helping his career. Vince was an outstanding artist, and his work willsurely be in memory for quite some time.