Friday, 21 June 2013

Post Impressionism

Recently we have been to Paris and seen many famous artworks, in the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay and the Orangerie. I have seen many styles of paintings in these three art galleries and one of my favourites is post impressionism.

Post impressionism, is the name given to a group of artists in the late 19th and very early 20th century. The artists were inspired by impressionism, and some of their paintings are quite similar to this style, but they are not centred on nature, unlike the impressionists. A lot of post impressionist paintings have vibrant colours and a lot of emotion.

My favourite Post Impressionist artist is Vincent Van Gogh. His paintings had thick, clearly visible brush strokes and a lot of emotion. Some of his most famous paintings are "Sunflowers" and "Starry  Night". I have seen a lot of paintings by him at the Musee D'Orsay and my favourite is "Starry Night over the Rhone" (not to be confused with his most famous artwork, Starry Night).

The artwork is a painting of the River Rhone at night, painted by Van Gogh in 1888. In the foreground there is the bank of the Rhone, with two lovers on it and two boats floating in the water. As you can see, it is not a realistic painting but undoubtedly a good one!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post and great choice of artist Jake. Love Grandad