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Gauguin’s Chair by Vincent van Gogh

    Gauguin's Chair by Vincent van Gogh

    Gauguin’s Chair by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. The size of the work is 90,5 x 72,7 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The artist approached the depiction of his friend’s chair differently too, and the brushstrokes are more fragmented giving a sense of disorder through the short dabs of light point that make up the patterned floor. The chair also looms slightly unerringly at the front of the canvas, breaking through the natural frame of the picture. Using mainly red and green hues, Van Gogh tried to suggest the mood of night.

    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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