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Van Gogh was famous for his thick and dramatic brush-stroke, expressing all his emotions and giving a sense of movement to his works. He often painted from his paint tubes (Impasto) and in the last 70 days before his death, painted a painting a day. He painted with a sense of urgency, a willingness to capture the idea, which put him in a state of constant stress.
Van Gogh painted with worn brushes and painter's knives (a kind of small spatula), which gives the material a prominent place. Making a Van Gogh’s reproduction is making a texture painting, and a gestural painting, the use of the knife allows a very dynamic approach of the creation.
Most artists work the painting "flat", layers after layers, although there can be a multitude of them. It is the glaze technique, which consists in adding thin layers of paint until you get the desired effect, by superimposing layers of different colors.
This is not the case for Van Gogh, who paints with his guts. Apart from his youth paintings (when he lived with coal miners), the Van Gogh are colorful and use a lot of material. With his brushes and his knives, he cuts in the canvas, not hesitating to mix the tones on the painting’s canvas.
We use the same techniques as Van Gogh, reproducing his works in three dimensions—width, height AND thickness. Once the sketch is done, we apply the colors with the paint knife, to respect the canvas paint thickness, as Van Gogh did, and we put as much paint as it is necessary.
The rendering is exceptional, and you will realize, after seeing one of our reproduction, all the pain and effort the artist put into it. Each stroke of the knife, every movement of the brush, all the gestures, achieve a fantastic result, a picture with shimmering colors.
Self-taught, Van Gogh began by reproducing impressions and reading books on painting. He considered that to become a great painter, one must first know how to draw—which made sense at the time; a little less today!
Once satisfied with his talent as a draftsman he used colors, and his thick palette became one of the most recognizable features of his style.
Van Gogh's drawings are typical as his representations of characters, lights and landscapes do not need colors to look fantastic. He drew using pencils, black chalk, red chalk, blue chalk, pink pen and even coal... although he often mixed several of those.
He also produced almost 150 watercolors. Although they were not typical of his style, as they miss the brush strokes, we still can feel the Van Gogh’s touch because of their raw and vibrant colors.
In 1882 Van Gogh experimented with lithography and created a series of 10 works: nine lithographs and an engraving. He made the potato eaters for selling purpose and a lithography to reach more people.
While starting his career, Vincent Van Gogh painted mainly miners and peasants with black and melancholic colors, which reflected his mood. However his style took a sharp turn when he moved to Paris in 1886 and got influenced by the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists works.
He used a palette of reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and blues, and experimented with the broken brush-strokes of the Impressionists. He even teased Pointillism as it becomes obvious when looking at the “Self-portrait with a straw hat” from 1885.
Van Gogh was also influenced by Japanese art, and he painted the outlines of objects with thick, black lines, which he filled with thick colors. His color choices depended on his moods, and he often restricted his palette, as in the Sunflowers, which are almost only painted in yellows.
In 1888 Van Gogh moved to Arles and lived for a time with Gauguin. Gauguin bought a ball of burlap and the two artists used it as a canvas, which led them to paint thicker and use brush strokes more heavily.
Van Gogh imitated Gauguin's techniques, which led him to create a more attractive and less realistic style. He also began to react to his subjects through his use of colors and brushes. He used colors to capture emotions rather than copying them. It was something that nobody did at the time!
He said: "Rather than trying to reproduce what I see in front of me, I am making an arbitrary choice of colors to express myself. "