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Fishing Boats on the Beach by Vincent van Gogh

    Fishing Boats on the Beach by Vincent van Gogh

    Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The size of the work is 65 x 81,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    In the picture of the fishing boats, two different kinds of vision are united in one work: nature is seen as light and airy, in countless tones of high-keyed color, ever-changing and vibrant through universal contrast; on the other hand, man’s objects, the boats, drawn precisely and painted in flat airless tones of primary color. The pearly softness of the seascape becomes a setting for the hard, firmly compartmented colors of the boats. Van Gogh would have preferred to make this painting on the beach, but he couldn’t, because the fishermen put out to sea very early every morning. He did draw the boats there, however, and later made this painting at home.

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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