Rita von Hebel asks how it’s possible that Vincent’s style of painting changed so dramatically over time – compare, for example, 'The Potato Eaters' and 'The Starry Night'. Discover the answer.
Van Gogh’s career as an artist was short-lived – it only lasted ten years! During his Dutch period, he primarily set about mastering basic drawing techniques, and later those of painting. Back then, he painted works following the tradition of Dutch Realist painting.
After discovering French avant-garde art in Paris, his colour palette changed dramatically. And Vincent’s painting technique also changed under the influence of the array of visual impulses in the French capital. It was in Arles that Van Gogh developed a style of his own, which went on to flourish during his time there.