Analysis Of Vincent Van Gogh, Cafe Terrace At Night Essay

750 Words Jun 15th, 2016 3 Pages
I decided to chose Object 1: Vincent van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888, oil on canvas, KröllerMuller Museum, Otterlo for my design summary/formal analysis. Two elements utilized in this piece of art are texture and color. Texture is the surface quality of a work (Dewitte, Larmann, Shields 62). Color is the optical effect caused when reflected white light of the spectrum is divided into a separate wavelength (Dewitte, Larmann, Shields 92).
Implied Texture is displayed throughout this canvas. Implied texture is texture we have experienced from our own tactile memory (Dewitte, Larmann, Shields 73). As we look at the ground we can observe the black bumps Van Gogh has created. These bumps give the ground a spherical style on the surface, which represent stones. Next, there is the gray column on the left side of the canvas. By observing the subtle white dashes on the gray column we can understand that the column is old and chipping. Since, the texture of the gray column displays chipping we can make sense that the column was painted white before, then someone painted gray over it. Moving forward, there is the cafe’s exterior design which texture is composed of brown faint dashes. These dashes demonstrate chipping, just like the gray column displayed. In addition, they represent coarseness; meaning the cafe has lived there for quite some time. Above the cafe, there appears to be apartments, which display obvious aging due to the abundance of whiteness (chipping). The tree…

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