Expressive Critical Essay

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Expressive critical essay My expressive essay concerns the landscapes of two artists, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Oscar Monet. I will briefly describe the history and I will describe and compare four of their paintings.

Vincent Van Gogh does not fit into any painting school, though his superb colour sense can be traced back to impressionist theories! Vincent William Van Gogh was born in Groot-zundert, a small town in Barbant, on the 30 of March 1853. After two years in Paris, during which time he painted over 200 paintings with his brothers financial help. Van Gogh went to the south of France, one night Van Gogh had been taken to hospital cause he had cut of part of his ear! After this Van Gogh voluntarily retired to an asylum for the insane where he hoped to restore his self-confidence and his mental stability. On the 29 of July 1890 Vincent Van Gogh died.

Vans Gogh never became famous until after he died. During his life he only sold one painting! The first painting I am going to look at is "˜The Allotments' which was painted in 1887 is a landscape is quite realistic but some bits are very vague like the building in the middle of the right hand side. I think the composition of the painting isn't done vary well because the top left hand side of the painting is quite dark as the bottom right hand side is lighter, this makes your eyes look straight at the bottom of the painting. Your eyes don't get the chance to look at all the painting! This painting is of a set or allotments with a building in the background and the allotments in the foreground. There is a tractor and people in the middleground. The main focal point in...