During Vincent's early years as an artist, his palette of color was muted and
inspired only by the filthy worn faces of peasants. His paintings were
stabs at effectively depicting this working class in a natural realistic way.
obsession of peasant life was met properly with these drowning colors that
frowned upon by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist. These two new
styles were rising rapidly and flushing out the dark colors used on Van Gogh's
and replacing them with bright, vibrant "candy" colors of the new artistic age.
After Gogh moved to Paris to live with his brother Theo in 1886, he reached
realization that his dark muddy palette of colors was hopelessly out of date
was undeniably replaced with a growing spectrum of Impressionist color.
painting in realistic terms was also replaced with free flowing gestures of
to present the feeling of the subject matter verses the actually
of it. Gogh soon adopted these Impressionist and Post Impressionist idea's and
painting with his own highly personal style.
These new paintings that were being created by Van Gogh during this period
near opposites of his earlier pieces. To the left there are two paintings of
The first (on the far left) was painted before Gogh became influenced by the
and Post Impressionist. The other (on the right) was painted after he moved to
in 1886. As one can plainly see, they are very different representation of
Both paintings have aspects that make them great!
- The Old Church at Nuenen is painted in dark mudding colors (as was standard
Gogh's Early Paintings)
- The painting is a literal representation of the church, sky and surroundings.
- The use of color is very minimal. The dark church and light sky keep the eye
on the building.
- The Church at Auvers is painted in the bright colors of the impressionist and
- The free forming lines cause the subject (the church) to become wavy and appear
be bending or melting
- The vivid color schemes move the onlookers eyes around the painting