Wadsworth Atheneum


Over the course of just ten years, the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh created masterpieces that would change the world of art forever. Inspired by the en plein air tradition of Impressionism, but also by the radical color theory of Post-Impressionism, van Gogh developed a style all his own. His city scenes, landscapes, and still lifes transcend the ordinary by allowing us to glimpse the inner world of the artist: a brilliant, bold, and independent mind. 

These four paintings, from 1888 and 1889, showcase the rich color and confident brushstrokes of van Gogh's late works. 

Sunflowers dates from his stay in Arles, France, where he completed a series of sunflower paintings. He used newly developed yellow pigments to capture the bright petals of the flowers. Cafe Terrace, Place du forum, Arles dates from the same period, and exemplifies van Gogh's passion for light and color. His most famous painting, Starry Night, was created while van Gogh was staying in Saint-Remy-de-Provence after a mental breakdown. Through his window he observed the landscape at all hours of the day and night, and painted from sketches. Olive Trees dates from the same period; van Gogh found nature inspiring and therapeutic, and went on many walks in the olive groves of the region. He found the contrast of the foliage, fields, hills, and sky to be endlessly fascinating, and worked on a series of landscape paintings as a result.

16 notecards, 4 each of 4 images.

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