Color Theories: Van Gogh

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Color Theories
By NAYOUNG KWON 

Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter who focuses on post-impressionism became world renowned for creating pieces that reflects the every day life of what he sees. However his use of bold textures, themes, and the mood seems to give the feeling of mystery, especially in his choices of color. In mid point of his artistic career, Van Gogh's characteristics can be viewed through not the textures or themes but his colors. The colors show different emotions, and psychological behaviors that he suffered over the short years of his life.

The most common color that can be seen through out his art collections are blue. Psychologically speaking, people who use the color blue more often go through personal rejection, lack of communication and social skills, and they are easily discouraged. And the reason why the color fits well with Van Gogh is because he went through all those common traits. Even from his childhood, he could not have functioning relationships with friends or family. All the trauma and anxiety that he has experienced, he shuns them by painting.

Van Gogh successfully radiates the feeling of mellowness and melancholy in Starry Night with the use of yellow. The of warmth of the color reveals Van Gogh's distant relationship with the people around him, and how the sources of the light in the painting are far away. On a deeper level, the painting reveals Van Gogh's inner loneliness and the frustration towards himself and society.

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