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Van Gogh´s drawings

VAN GOGH DRAWINGS: PORTRAIT OF PATIENCE ESCALIER


A Brief Understanding of this portrait

Immediately after viewing the Portrait of Patience Esclair one notices the deep set ridges of the figures face; protruding cheek bones, and melting nose line. These features are nearly interchangeable with the objects discussed earlier; unaware, the viewer begins to form a mental chain between the portrait and the objects. Considering the fact that most of the objects are related to pleasure, the viewer is pulled into the portrait with a developing sense of euphoria.

This euphoria is stirred up into a centrifuge bliss when the eye catches the interesting pattern in the background that is articulated with intensity. This keeps the viewers eye actively moving around, holds ones attention, and bounces the portrait out like a visual popup book. This dimensional technique is used in many great pieces of artwork.