Vincent Willem van Gogh(30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits, and are characterised by bold colours and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art. He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness and poverty.
The Hague School is a group of artists who lived and worked in The Hague between 1860 and 1890. Their work was heavily influenced by the realist painters of the French Barbizon school. The painters of the Hague school generally made use of relatively somber colors, which is why the Hague School is sometimes called the Gray School.
After Van Gogh learned color theory and sketching from books, and copied the works of past masters such as Hans Holbein and Jean-François-Millet to improve his skills. The Potato Eaters shows peasants gathered in a dark room for a frugal meal. With great confidence in the finished oil painting, Van Gogh also made prints depicting the same subject to show faraway family and friends the results of his efforts (cat, no.38). To accomplish this, he diligently studied printmaking techniques at a printmaker's workshop, but did not always get positive feedback on his work.
Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.
Oct. 11,209 - Jan. 13, 2020
The Ueno Royal Museum（1-2 Ueno Park Taito-ku Tokyo, JAPAN）
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Jan 25th, 2020- Mar. 29
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art （1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe City 651-0073）
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