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Van Gogh eschewed traditional art, and used broad strokes and paints to express pure emotions. This manner of the master distinguishes his works from other post-impressionists. He was interested in people, their essence, human feelings. He used free pure color to express the theme.
When Van Gogh decided to become an artist, he realized that he had to learn a lot. He set about studying textbooks on anatomy and perspective, and also copied the works of Mullet, a French artist and founder of the Barbizon school. The novice artist was impressed by the plots of rural life, the monumental simplicity of the figures, with recognizable postures and gestures.
First Steps is one of those plots that Van Gogh interpreted. Here, we recognize not only a person as such, with his misfortunes, hopes, disappointments, but also a truly deep relation to art and to the essence of man. There are no superficial judgments in the image of people.
Before us is an intelligent, spiritual and honest person. In the 19th century, a special theory of color was born - the punctuation of color - pointillism, consisting in the denial of a solid tone and the division of the surface into components.
Coloring and painting were freed from the techniques of the past, and the impression and the image of objects were replaced by the use of color, contrast and whole picturesque parts. Thanks to the new color theory, as if rediscovered its properties and applications.
Here the color speaks for itself, the eye, looking at the picture, mixes the colors applied to the canvas. Color occupied Van Gogh the most. He gains considerable weight, with the help of which the artist conveys his feelings and reactions.
Vincent Van Gogh had his own philosophy of painting, which he likened to music. His paints are dense and saturated, but at the same time harmonize with each other on the canvas. The basis of the picture is not a drawing or image of people, but the artist’s personal relationship and symbolism.
Auguste Renoir Portrait of Actress Jeanne Samari