Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh's Paintings.

Vincent Van Gogh is famous because of his style of art. Well to be fair, it was his sister-in law who made him famous. After he died, she went through the town and showcased his artwork to the people. The sad thing about Van Gogh's life was that he only sold one painting while he was alive. Henri Matisse on the other hand, didn't like painting when he was younger. He was always bored inside, so his mother gave him a box of paint and paintbrushes so that he could paint something. Before Henri Matisse became an artist, he was a lawyer.

In Vincent Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' painting, you can see that he uses more yellow than any other colour. Sunflowers are yellow and that colour is meant to make you feel like dancing. The painting doesn't make me feel like dancing because he also used a lot of brown. Some of the flowers are droopy. Some haven't fully bloomed. Maybe the artist felt sad when he painted it.  Van Gogh liked to use little brush strokes. You can easily spot his technique when you look at it. That is just the way he paints.

In Henri Matisse's paintings, he loves to use interesting backgrounds and patterns in his artwork. He also loves to use bright, bold, vivid colours. Henri Matisses artwork is fantastic. He believes that colours had healing effects on people. I think that is unusual for him to think that, but on the other hand, I respect it.

Vincent Van Gogh's sunflower painting and Henri Matisse's La Musique paintings have some similarities in their artwork. For example they have both used the colour yellow. They both have plants in the paintings. However there are more differences. If you analyse the picture closely, you can see the different techniques they use. Vincent Van Gogh uses little vertical strokes while Henri Matisse uses long brush strokes. Another difference between these two famous artists, is that Henri Matisse loves to use different patterns and lots of contrasting colours in his backgrounds. There are no contrasting colours in 'Sunflowers'.  

What I can conclude about these two very famous artists, is that they were very passionate about painting. Van Gogh for example, lived a miserable life and explained it through his artwork. His painting the ‘Sunflower’, sort of described his feelings. He used his technique to make impact on his artwork. It is a great way because it sort of tricks people in making it look bumpy.  Henri Matisse loved to paint. He believed that colours had healing power on people. I think that these two artists have been a great influence on people who want to be artists when they grow up. 


  1. Hi Joshua

    I like the way that you have described each of the paintings and made comparisons. Maybe you could have described what the actual paintings were about. The 'Sunflowers' painting is a bit obvious, but many people may not know what 'La Musique' could be about.

    I am impressed with your knowledge about these two particular artists. Well done. I can tell that you have either been paying attention during immersion week, or that you have been doing some extra reading. You should be proud of your efforts.

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