impression sunrise vs. starry night
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and emphasizing geometric shapes and figures. These techniques are known as Divisionism or Pointillism and they contrast significantly with the short, spontaneous canvases of Impressionism. Contributing to these developments were the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, and George Seurat. These techniques later influenced many abstract painters of the early 20th century. Post-impressionists used impressionist techniques but took style to a completely new level. They embedded their works with
the people are right; that your work is useless. This is the constant state of mind that Vincent Van Gogh lived in with his work being heavily criticized and never praised. Background and Audience Relevance: Van Gogh is one of the most well known artists today. His vivid landscapes and portraits are praised for their use of different colors and bold brush strokes. Many people can easily recognize a Van Gogh painting, but they don’t know much regarding his life or the struggles he faced as an artist
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
Lets contrast and compare impressionism with an even more contemporary style of art, Algorithmic art, a subset of Visionary art. Visionary art is a style of art that tries to transcend the audience from the physical world to better connect it to the spiritual or mystical world/themes. Although this style of art was seen before, in 1946, the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism was established. This school is considered to be a strong and important catalyst for contemporary visionary art. Symbolism, Surrealism, and Psychedelic art are all direct precursors of contemporary visionary art. With the rise of the technology age, a sub-form of Psychedelic art was created called Algorithmic art, or also Cyberdelic. In this form, a computer is used to create Psychedelic style art. This form of art was bridge between the Psychedelic art of the 1960s and the advancement of digital technologies of the modern age. A good example of this is Octopod by Mikael Hvidtfeldt Christensen. With the rise of the digital age, it is hard to know when and who truly made it. I would infer that it was created sometime in the mid-1990s. Another example of this new Algorithmic art is Tree of Life by Jamy Sheridan. This work was created in 1995. As far as pure art, I enjoy Impressionism style art much better than algorithmic art. To me, when computers are involved, art gets less personal and more manufactured.
Now impressionism is widely different from other art eras, lets compare an impression sunrise to a baroque sunrise. Sunrise in a Wood by Jacob Van Ruisdael (created in 1670) is very different from Monet’s Impressionism, Sunrise, not just because of the different subject matter, being a harbor and the woods, but because of the way it was created. Ruisdael’s painting has almost invisible brushstrokes with everything flowing together, if you stepped close to this painting you most likely can still depict where a tree ends and a cloud begins. There is the play of many colors, shadows, light, and foliage. To me the sunrise is definitely something your eye catches but is most certainly not the only thing your eye focuses on. Now with Monet’s painting the brushstrokes are more apparent almost chunky, definitely not as smooth, definitive, and real looking as Ruisdael’s. Everything of Monet’s is blurred almost shadow like while Rusidael has strict definitive lines. Both are fantastic paintings but there is something fun about impressionism art and getting to interpret your own meaning and message.
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night stars up close. Do you see the bold thick strokes?