Essay about Vincent Van Gogh and His Contribution to Art.

1110 Words Mar 8th, 2011 5 Pages
Art has been essential to civilization. It tells us what our culture is. Every artist in history has been writing, composing, and painting the stories of each culture. Master painters like Jaques Louis David painted Napoleon and other historical paintings during the Neoclassical Period. Master composers, such as Bethoven composed works like the Moonlight Sonata. Art defines who are we are, It is civilization, and artists like Vincent Van Gogh influenced the modern world. And even though he lived more than a hundred and fifteen years ago, his work is still altering the way we view beauty, persona and individuality.
Vincent Van Gogh is considered to be one of the most prolific Dutch painters of all time. He only lived to be thirty seven
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Vincent Van Gogh helped to liberate colors as an emotional instrument, and his brushwork became a key influence in the development of both the Fauves’ and the Expressionists’ painting technique. His thousands of paintings and most famous pieces like Starry Night and Fourteen Sunflowers in a Vase have some unique characteristics that have been copied by thousands and duplicated by none. His work has inspired millions to become active in art. What many people today consider to be the archetypical "artist persona" is largely a result of his influence. Also worth mentioning was his long lasting contribution to the changes in the genre of Expressionism. He influenced that genre not only with his works and statements within those works but also with the changes that his work underwent as the genre adapted to those changes. He was single-handedly noted for affecting the genre and influencing changes.
Van Gogh shared the Enlightenment thinkers ‘esteem for freedom and human dignity, He claimed that he painted in order to ennoble the despised laborers and the poor in hopes of drawing attention to matters that needed to be noticed. For example, his work The Potato Eaters depicted subjects in difficult, even filthy conditions but he did not judge or criticize then. Vincent worked on The Potato Eaters throughout April of 1885. He made several drafts in preparation of the final oil canvas version. The Potato Eaters is acknowledged to be Vincent van Gogh's first

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