Van Gogh Fun! The Impressionator!


Vincent Van Gogh Painting | Paint with the Impressionator!

Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter. Typical of Post-Impressionists were their bold, dramatic brush strokes which expressed emotion and added a feeling of movement to their work. Van Gogh's primary subject matter in his paintings were figures, landscapes, cityscapes, and scenery. Perhaps his most famous painting is Starry Night. Van Gogh painted 30 self-portraits between the years 1886 and 1889.

 

Van Gogh painted Enclosed Field with Ploughman at Saint-rémy-de-provence, France. Van Gogh painted several other paintings at that location. After completion, Van Gogh gave the painting to his brother, Theo van Gogh, the year after he painted it. The painting then sold and resold several times until it finally ended up where it resides today, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

In the middle of his art career, Van Gogh began using a lighter palette of reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and blues, and experimented with the broken brush strokes of the Impressionists. On the left you can see a close-up of these broken pain strokes in a closeup of the painting above. Van Gogh also attempted pointillism of the Neo-Impressionists where contrasting dots of pure color are optically mixed into the resulting color by the viewer from a distance. You can see this style in his painting, Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat of 1885.

 

Below: Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (To buy a copy click on the painting)

 

Enclosed Field with Plowman by Van Gogh

 

Painting close-up


Art Lessons

Van Gogh Cypresses

Van Gogh Watercolor Fields

Van Gogh's Sunflower Ceramic Relief

Crayon Resist - Starry Night

Starry Night Interpretation

Art and Drama Integration - Impressionism

Impressionism with Self Portrait

 

Directions

Click a colored square in the left column to change the color of your paint.

Click one of the squares at the bottom row to change the size of your rectangles.

Click in the white area to place a rectangle.

 

Below you can create a digital painting using the broken brush strokes of the Impressionator. All the lines are horizontal as are the paint strokes in the painting above.

 

Paint with the Impressionator!

 

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