Marloes Stro asks why the work of Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch sometimes looks so similar. Read on for the answer.
Van Gogh and Munch grew up experiencing the same artist’s tradition around 1870; the works they encounter primarily showcase everyday scenes in a realistic, sometimes slightly sentimental style. Both artists spent a period in Paris to follow the latest developments, and both were inspired by Paul Gauguin.
They set about experimenting in their own ways, using various styles and combining them in their paintings. The most significant similarity between their works is that they reveal that the artists don’t simply want to create attractive images, but to convey emotion. They are less concerned with style and technique than with the power of expression of their work.
And if their ultimate popularity is anything to go by, both artists captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. A question often asked at the Van Gogh Museum is: ‘Where can I find The Scream? That clearly speaks volumes.