A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

‘A picture paints a thousand words’

“Artists can be influenced by their experience of the world and make artworks as a result”

Artists live a life of their own, they express their feelings and experiences through the art of drawing and painting just as a poet expresses his feelings through poetry. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and René Magritte (1898-1967) are today recognized as some of the greatest painters in European art who in their life loved to express the world, their experiences and themselves through art

Vincent Van Gogh started his career as an artist in 1880; with the influence of art in his life from a young age as his family were art dealers. He started art as realism which is an artistic representation that imitates reality, and he did this in as great detail as possible. Soon after he decided he wanted to express how he felt through art and this is why his earlier pictures are a collection on dull and earthy tones. Vincent suffered great depression in his life which was a result of him ‘failing” in careers and love.

In the late 19th century Paris was the centre of the art world- every ‘ism of the new revolution in art was spreading out from Paris. The impressionist movement influenced Van Gogh style greatly as he came in contact with artists such as Monet, Pissarro and Sisley, as he met these artists he learnt to appreciate and use extensively the style of impressionism in his own work. Vincent himself also began experimenting with the open air way of painting favored by Impressionists. Though all these styles were going on in Paris, Van Gogh developed his own style.
Impressionists turn against academies and take on a style of art for their own work.
In the 1850’s Japan borders opened up to foreigners and they started trading with the outside world. 1867 Japanese art came to France- the artworks were very exotic with strong colors, decorative design and flattened perspective and this became a special importance for Vincent and he...
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