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Analysis of 1890 Van Gogh Painting

August 8, 2011

This is a small video providing a glimpse at how to analyze apiece of fine  art.  Much can be gleaned by research and comparison with other works.

Landscape at Twilight was painted in the last months of Van Gogh’s life.   Leo Jansen, the curator of paintings at the Van Gogh Museum discusses it with Ella Hendriks, senior conservator at the museum.  It was painted at Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris where Van Gogh lived.

They discuss composition, techniques, underpainting, hue and light, etc. as well as how it picked up color from another wet painting.  They talk about how this canvas size was a decided change for the artist.

Ella states that “It’s an interesting mix of preconceived plan, spontaneity and chance.”

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