Showing posts with label Post Impressionism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Post Impressionism. Show all posts

Saturday, August 22, 2015

When Will You Marry? - Gauguin

We just learned about the work of art La Blanchisseuse by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Another famous work of art is the painting When Will You Marry? by French artist Paul Gauguin in 1892.
This painting was of two women from the land of Tahiti, where Gauguin traveled to try and see what people lived like in other places.
The woman in front is dressed in bright colors and has a flower in her hair, and is looking for someone to marry.

Just like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh, he painted in a style called Post Impressionism, using bright colors and lots of thick paint.

Gauguin and Van Gogh were actually friends and worked together for a while.
They had a fight and Gauguin left, and right after that was when Van Gogh went crazy and cut his own ear off!

(from: wikipedia - when will you marry?)

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

La Blanchisseuse - Toulouse-Lautrec

We just learned about the famous work of art Le Pont de Moret, effet d’orage by French artist Alfred Sisley.

Another famous work of art is La Blanchisseuse by French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec in 1886.

Toulouse-Latrec was part of what was called the Post-Impressionism group of artists, where they liked to use bright colors and lots of thick paint.
They liked to make paintings of real things like people and places, but sometimes try to make shapes stand out more or use crazy colors to make an effect.

(from: wikipedia - la blanchisseuse (toulouse-latrec))

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Starry Night - Van Gogh

We just learned about one of the most famous paintings ever made, The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Another very famous painting is The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

When Van Gogh was painting, he was trying very hard to be creative and come up with a special style.
Something that wasn't simple like just a painting of a person or a town.

In his painting he used very bright yellows and bold blues to show contrast.
The spinning swirling wind makes it look like there is actually a strong wind blowing through the air.
The big bright stars and moon in the big blue night sky are there to help you imagine about how a clear dark night sky over a sleepy town might look.
Even the dark shape in the front which are cypress trees or bushes are a very strong contrast.

One very interesting thing about this painting is that after Van Gogh painted it, he cut his ear off!
He was at a mental hospital at the time, which is a place you can go if you are worried about life and not making good choices.
One of his friends came and visited him, and shortly after that Van Gogh went a little crazy, cut part of his ear off and ended up in the hospital with a bandage on his head.

He was ok later on, but it is a very famous story about a very famous painter.

(from: wikipedia - the starry night)

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