Patricia Dirube asks to what extent Van Gogh was an innovator. Read on for the answer.
That’s a good question! Vincent was mostly self-taught. Aside from a few lessons, he was responsible for teaching himself how to draw and paint. This allowed him a certain degree of freedom: Vincent was always searching and experimenting, and took his own approach to trying out a whole range of techniques. As such, he developed a style truly his own, an easily identifiable hand.
Van Gogh painted vigorously, almost graphically, using course, undulating brushstrokes. He was the first person to use this technique so consistently and effectively, and in this sense, yes – Van Gogh was certainly an innovator.