Van Gogh's influence on Modern Art
Although his artistic career spanned only a decade, Van Gogh is now generally acknowledged as the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. The new relationship he forged between painting and the expression of feeling had a powerful influence on the development of modern art. In the early 20th century, the expressionists advanced Van Gogh's goal of conveying emotion by producing works that distorted both the color and shape of optical reality. The Fauves, another early modern group, derived elements of their intense, high-key palette from Van Gogh's unparalleled use of color. Many other artists of the 20th century, no longer bound by external realities, owe something of their artistic freedom to the solitary genius of Vincent Van Gogh.