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Vincent Van Gogh Paintings

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Vincent Van Gogh paintingsThey say that genius and insanity is two sides of one and the same medal. Unluckily, this statement is openly associated with life and work of the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Prior to coming to the path of a painter, Van Gogh had to go a complicated life path from a stockbroker at the style and trade firm in Hague to a preacher in Belgium where he protected rights of miners and came to conflict with church authorities.

And only to the age of thirty in the year 1880, he seriously gets engaged in painting and creates a vast series of paintings and sketches made in dark and gloomy tones, depicting severe life of ordinary people, painfully perceiving their sorrows and depression.

When living in Paris between 1886-88, Van Gogh's heart is won by the paintings of impressionists and at the same time he goes in for distinct picture of Japanese artwork. At this stage of his life a dark palette of paints gives way to shining clear and bright shades - blue, golden-yellow and red shades, and his strokes become freer and more dynamical.

During the next stage of his creation Van Gogh wants to combine in his paintings sharp and distinct lines of Japanese engraving and clarity of the impressionist Cezanne whom he is delighted with. By the way, the latter did not notice an artistic talent with the great Fleming. And gradually the painter goes away off the impression like manner in his Paris paintings; and his  palette gets intensified, shapes are easier, the color becomes principal element in his paintings and masterpieces are born from the clews of trembling and aggressive lines. He is sensitive to try his best and learn to express and cause emotions by color. From a painting that he liked the day before he can create another one, just on the same canvas.

The same happened to his well-known «Lawn»(1887). A group of scientists by chemical analysis found a perfect portray of unknown lady under the paints of «The Lawn».  Perhaps, it was the portray of a lady who caused a breakdown in his friendship with a famous impressionist Gauguin whom he adored and admired. In a fit of temper and unreasonable jealousy he attacked Gauguin with the razor to revenge himself but at the last point the friendship won. After this incident he cut off part of his left ear and sent it with a letter to his beloved. Soon after Gauguin left his friend in despair expecting other flashes of his sick mind.

Van Gog loved working at nights for he believed that night is» more vivid and rich is colors and shades than a day». And at nights he created such masterpieces as ‘The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at night' (1888) and ‘The Starry Night' painted within his last months of life (1890) which is currently one of the favorite paintings of the Hollywood diva Elizabeth Taylor.

She bought that painting at Sotheby's auction over 40 years ago almost for 260 thousand dollars, yet the time elapsed and the cost of the masterpiece is almost by 40 times increased and currently it costs approximately 10 million dollars. At present the canvas decorates the house of the actress in Los Angeles.

May 1889 appeared to be tragic for Van Gogh when his friend Gauguin arrived to Arles upon his invitation. They tried to collaborate but the attempts turned into misunderstanding growing to furious quarrels which revealed ill-being of Van Gogh, and afterwards his lift was divided into two points - painting and treatment. At the age of 37 Van Gog committed a suicide.

During life the painter who suffered a lot, did not enjoy the fame and managed to sell the only painting, though now he is one of the demanded painters whose works are in great demand at the world auctions. The cost of his pictures is  increasing day by day therefore investments into his pictures are very profitable and beneficial.

Thus, the painting by Van Gogh L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux) potraying a hostess to a café in Paris where the painter spent most of his time, was sold at Christie`s to the Israeli millionaire Sami Ofer for 40,3 million dollars.

The fortune of paintings by the Dutch artist is the same unpredicatable as his own life. The same happened to his work ‘Wheat Field with Crows ‘which he wrote two weeks before the suicide. Many art critics believe that the painting is the very last masterpiece of the artist. Thus, Sotheby`s Auction facilitators expected a high interest to that lot from the customers.

However, the auction arrangers suffered a disappointment, when at the starting price of 20 million dollars the ‘Wheet Field' was sold only for 25 million dollars though experts anticipated 35 million dollars at least at the auction.

Paintings by the great artist have a mystical fortune. The most expensive masterpieceby Van Gogh ‘Portrait of Dr. Gachet' was boughjt the Japanese collector for 82,5 million dollars.

The picture went so close to this admirer of Van Gogh's works that the painting was buried along with the collecter after his death as per his will.

The whole work by Van Gogh was marked by ecstatic possession aaggravated with expression of color combination, rhythm and texture, quick shifts of temper from berserk despair to the  tender feeling of lucid moments and damping. So, may be a special creative possession of Van Gogh in the art of post-impressionism is unlikely to leave people indifferent.

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