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Poppy Field by Vincent van Gogh

    Poppy Field by Vincent van Gogh

    Poppy Field by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1890. The painting is in Kunstmuseum Den Haag. The size of the work is 73 x 91,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Poppy Field is painted quickly, making it look like it’s storming. The paint is applied thickly and the individual brushstrokes can be recognized in it: stripes, smudges and dots. A few years earlier, Van Gogh was influenced by Neo-Impressionism. In this movement, color is applied in dots and stripes instead of in areas. The artists paint lightly with color and aim for the contrasting colors to blend in the viewer’s eye. Van Gogh also experiments with contrasting colors and loose brushstrokes.

    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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