Van Gogh worked with color to produce the effects of light in night and day scenes. He was a very expressive painter—a post impressionist. He painted landscapes, still lifes, city scenes, portraits, and interiors.
His early paintings and drawings were of peasants and their daily lives. He used dark colors and created a melancholy atmosphere. The Potato Eaters is an example of this period. When he moved to Paris in 1886 his style changed. He met Gaugan, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Seurat, and Degas. He lightened his palette and painted more like the Impressionists. He used light against dark to express night scenes as in The Starry Night.
He also tried the Pointllist style and then used curved brush strokes suggesting spirals. He absorbed some of the style of the Japanese prints that he collected. His style became a painted lyricism full of surface tension, vibrant color, rhythm, and emotion.
Most art critics think of Vincent van Gogh as the best Dutch painter beyond Rembrandt. His volume of work produced in ten years included 1,100 drawings and 900 paintings. After this he committed suicide, as he suffered from mental illness.
His painting and drawing influenced the movements of expressionism and fauvism. His work still influences artist today.
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