Meet Vincent van Gogh

‘Starry Starry Night…
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul’

This famous song, Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean, is a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. McLean wrote this classic song on a paper bag while sitting down with a print of ‘Starry Night’.

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the world most famous artists. He is known for being the quintessential suffering artist who battled with mental problems and only sold one painting during his lifetime. Van Gogh’s works are notable for their feelings rather than their realism using powerful brushstrokes and dramatic color hue. It was his intense emotions that were the source of his wonderful masterpieces and proved so inspirational.

In 1990, Van Gogh’s the ‘Portrait of Dr Gachet’ was sold at auction for $82.5 Million. Fortunately, you don’t need millions to have a Van Gogh in your house. You can now acquire high quality art prints from numerous museum shops, galleries and online stores.

When thinking of Van Gogh, most people think of his famous ‘Starry Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’ series, but actually he painted other subject matters that may better suit you and the decorative style of your space.

(Other) Starry Night paintings:

Starry Night Over the Rhone’ was painted when Van Gogh moved to Aries, Southern France. It depicts a night sky looking from the bank of the river Rhone. The lights from the sky and the embankment reflect romantically on the river. This intoxicating effect can create a dramatic look for a space.

Floral paintings:

For a more cheerful and endearing look, his ‘Iris’ series are a terrific choice. ‘Irises in Vase’ is a classic still-life. The blue of the irises stands out from the bright yellow background bringing a vivid touch to any room. ‘Irises in the Garden’ provides a more natural and refreshing look, adding a green garden feel to a space. Both suit Provence or French Country décor. This series was once described: ‘”[It] strikes the eye from afar. The Irises are a beautiful study full of air and life.”

Landscape paintings:

While in Southern France, Van Gogh was impressed by its colorful landscape. In ‘Field’, the golden colors of wheat fields dominate the painting. You can almost feel the warmth of the summer sun. In ‘A Wheatfield with Cypresses, a tree is emphasized by the calm blue sky and yellow field. Adding landscape artwork to a room helps open the space and creates an airy and relaxed feel.

Seascape paintings:

‘Paesaggio Marino’ and ‘Barche Sulla Spiaggia’ are part of the ‘Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer’ series, a fishing village on the Mediterranean. What makes these paintings stand out is the use of vibrant colors. Van Gogh once wrote, ‘The Mediterranean Sea … you do not always know whether it is green or purple, you do not always know if it is blue, as the next moment the ever-changing sheen has assumed a pink or a gray tint.’ These paintings are perfect for adding to a nautical decor or giving you a sense of being by the Mediterranean sea.

Powerful artworks stir emotions among viewers and can atmospherically transcend a space. It doesn’t matter if they are an original artwork or a print, such as that which inspired McLean. It was the art print that moved him to write a masterpiece of his own.

By Nim Niyomsin

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