Van Gogh And The Colors Of The Night

Van Gogh And The Colors Of The Night

A new exhibit opening September 21st at MoMA explores the masterful colors of van Gogh and his love for painting the colors of the night:

Throughout his career, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) attempted the paradoxical task of representing night by light. His procedure followed the trend set by the Impressionists of "translating" visual light effects with various color combinations. At the same time, this concern was grafted onto Van Gogh's desire to interweave the visual and the metaphorical in order to produce fresh and deeply original works of art. These different artistic concerns found themselves powerfully bound together in Van Gogh's nocturnal and twilight paintings and drawings. This exhibition will present new insight into Van Gogh's depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist's career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind.
- MoMA

Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Night Over Rhône

From the New York Times:

Van Gogh discovered new colors everywhere, especially at night. Peripatetically, briefly yet fulsomely, this show explores his special relationship with darkness. It provides a view of the tenderness, urgency and brilliance at the core of his art, as well as the openness to nature that set it aflame.

Museum of Modern Art
Starry Night

Van Gogh accepted the night as a distorting condition, almost the way later modernists like Marcel Duchamp and Jean Arp would use chance to experiment and to break habits. Unable to see clearly, he painted what he saw, ultimately pitting his colors against one another as if they were antagonists in a visual drama. He egged on their clashes with exaggerated daubs of paint, bringing backgrounds forward and giving each inch of canvas its own sense of life. In Western art before him, only the semi-Western mosaics of Ravenna achieved such complete articulation.

Kroler-Muller Museum, The Netherlands
Wheat Sheaves & MoonLandscape @ Twilight

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Dance Hall in Arles Night Cafe
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

The Potato Eaters Stevedores in Arles
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Kroler-Muller Museum, The Neterlands
Poplars Ln at Sunset

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Gauguin’s Chair
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Eugène Boch

MoMA, NYT, van Gogh Museum

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whoaaaaaaaa a a...............NICE PALETTES.
Incredible palettes.

Here's my take on Starry Night:

Van Gogh
my only problem with art like this are the people that forge them. it's sick how some people go so far as to reproduce EXACTLY how the painting was done - but from a slightly different perspective. for instance, there are only something like thirty or forty paintings by vermeer, and yet "new" ones show up all the time! those aren't the real things, they're fakes!

faux van gogh. that's something people should keep looking at and bringing those who do this to justice.

funny story about fakes: a guy gets arrested for allegedly stealing a painting by a famous artist (i don't recollect who it was), and he gets put to trial. problem is, the painting he allegedly stole - he made. it was a forgery. and he tried to prove it to the people of the court by painting another one in that style and with the same tools as the original artist. the point is: he actually had to prove the art was a fake and everything! in court he had to do this! i don't remember what the sentence was, but it was something ridiculously short.
Tenkrasu, you're thinking about the case of Han Van Meegeren, who was not accused of stealing the thing, but (worse, at the time), selling it to the Nazis.
some starry night
awesome pictures!
This is one of my olds..

Van Gogh's Night

Thanks for the article, awesome!
Here's my interpretation of Van Gogh's The Sower (inspired for the Location Location Location Weekly Challenge for Amsterdam.

Van Gogh's Sower

and matching pattern...
The Sower
Yeah Van Gogh was a talented artist, the pictures here are just great.
Awesome palettes.

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