Vincent van Gogh and His Famous Paintings

Born in1853 in a Protestant pastor's family, the world famous painter Vincent van Gogh was well-known for his contribution to the Impressionism of the modern painting. His masterpieces includes The Potato Eater, Cafe Terrace at Night and Sunflowers and so on. Most of his paintings reflected reality with his strong performance of the feelings. With a short life of only Van Gogh shocked the people from the whole world by the creation of his imaginative paintings which have won critical praise. After his death, many artists and painters started to imitate his painting and this has become a popular trend.

Cafe Terrace at Night

Cafe Terrace at Night

Vincent Van Gogh usually engaged in religious activities in his youth, and his life changed a lot after he devoted himself to the painting, which aroused his burning passion and interest. And when his first most outstanding works was created he found that his life the life of passion. One of Van Gogh's most famous works is Sunflowers completed in 1888. In this painting, the color yellow delivers the feeling of vitality just like the sun. These sunflowers were put in a vase and under the rich vitality brushwork of Van Gogh the flowers together with the beautiful sunshine reflects the sense of hope. Van Gogh was able to show the pure beauty of the nature for he loved the nature so much.

Van Gogh loved sunflowers and the sunflowers in his painting have pure color and simple modeling. The main color in the painting is yellow plus some blue and green. He painted the picture in his own performance means and used unique ways to interpret the nature. Sunflower is special for van Gogh. He regards the flower as the sun which gives him hope, light and heat. As we know, in his real life, things were always lack of those things. When we see the painting, we can always feel these and this is what the essence of his painting lies.

As a representative of impressionist artists, Van Gogh has made a great influence all over the world. There is even a song written special for him.

"Starry starry night,

Paint your palette blue and grey.

Look out on a summer's day

With eyes that know the darkness in my soul…"


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