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The Color In Vincent Van Gogh’s Life: An Analysis Of The Sower And The Night Café

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Coming from a family greatly involved in art dealing, Vincent van Gogh was destined to have a place in the world of art. Van Gogh’s unique techniques and use of color, which clashed and differed greatly from the masters of the art world of his time, would eventually gain him the recognition as one of the founders of modern art. Van Gogh’s early life was heavily influenced by the role of his father who was a pastor and chose to follow in his footsteps. Although he abandoned the desire to become a pastor, van Gogh remained a spiritual being and was strong in faith. Plagued with a troubled mind and poor health, van Gogh’s life became filled with torment and isolation that would influence his career in later life as an artist. In his late twenties, van Gogh had decided that it was God’s divine plan for him to become a painter. His works would express through thoughtful composition and vibrant color, the emotions that he was unable to manifest in the real world. Van Gogh’s perception of reality and his technique would face harsh criticism and never receive full acceptance from his peers as a serious artist during his brief career. In a collection of correspondence entitled The Letters of a Post-Impressionist, Vincent confirmed these thoughts while writing to his brother Theo, “It irritates me to hear people say that I have no "technique." It is just possible that there is no trace of it, because I hold myself aloof from all painters” (27). His technique would later be marveled and revered by the art world. Vincent van Gogh’s legacy would thrive as it challenged the way the world envisioned modern art through his unique brush strokes and profound use of color as seen in his works The Sower and The Night Café. A brief look into the life of Vincent van Gogh will outline the makings of artistic genius that he brought to the world of modern art.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Holland on March 30, 1853 to the parents of Theodorus and Anna Cornelia van Gogh. Shortly after he finished his schooling, Vincent would acquire employment as an art dealer with the assistance of his uncle for Groupil & Co. Vincent was prosperous as an art dealer, yet his personal views of art dealing became a conflict of interest for the company. Vincent also ventured into failed attempts as a teacher and member of the clergy, only to come to the realization in his late twenties that his true calling was to be a painter. His decision was contested by most of his family except by his brother Theo, who became Vincent’s primary source of financial support. In Memoir of J. Van Gogh-Bonger, Theo’s wife Johanna recounted the support that Theo had for Vincent, “Vincent is one of those who has gone through all the experiences of life and has retired from the world; now we must wait and see if he has genius. I think he has…If he succeeds in his work, he will be a great man” (van Gogh). Theo van Gogh would remain Vincent’s greatest supporter, confidant and friend. ...

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