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"Fourteen Sunflowers in a Vase" by Van Gogh was published in 1888. This piece of work was showcased in this collection because of the distinct features of life versus death. The potential theme of this painting could possibly be that life is short. Considering that the blooming sunflowers are contrasted with the dying ones, one can infer that Van Gogh deliberately did this in order to show his viewers how life and death can both be a beautiful thing. Based off theme, this particular painting was ranked number five because this piece of work by Van Gogh didn't really stand out to me as strongly as the others did. It was difficult trying to conjure up a theme for this particular painting because it's not easy trying to interpret what Van Gogh was trying to reach out to in this painting.
"The Potato Eaters" by Vincent Van Gogh was one of Vincent's first masterpieces. This specific work was showcased in this collection because this piece particular piece stood out to me. I knew when I first saw it that this painting would have a theme that is deep and symbolic. A potential theme of this painting could possibly be appreciation. Van Gogh could have wanted fortunate people to recognize how poor peasants lived at that time. He could have possibly wanted to show wealthy people how good they had it in life, while people who live in poverty suffer from numerous amounts of obstacles. Van Gogh creates the setting room to appear dark and gloomy. This further enhances that how Van Gogh wanted his viewers to notice his emphasizes on how he wanted the characters in the painting to appear poor and unhappy. Looking at this painting and the vivid details will have a wealthy person appreciate that they are not living in the same condition. This piece of Van Gogh's work was ranked number four because even though the message this painting gives off is deep, it didn't really give me that personal connection that I experienced with all his other works.
¨Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh is his most well works of art. This particular piece was included in the showcased collection because this would be considered my favorite works of art completed by Van Gogh. Due to the unrealistic details and landscapes, Van Gogh´s work could potentially be interpreted to have a theme of depression. This painting highly symbolizes and provokes deep heart-felt emotions. The dark obstructed figure seems to let off that depressed vibe while the surrounding areas, such as the dark blue correlated swirls, let off a vibe more correspondent with sorrow. Based off theme, "Starry Night" was rank number three because of that subliminal meaning it gives off due to to color variation and technique.
"The Bedroom" by Vincent Van Gogh is another one of Vincent's well known pieces. This particular piece was chosen for the showcased collection because this projected out to me due to the fact that this is one of Van Gogh's only paintings that do not give off a negative vibe by using dark and gloomy colors. Van Gogh's use of vivid and lively colors give off a more joyful and self expressive vibe. The theme of this distinct work could potentially be recognizing and admiring that feeling of having nostalgia. The nostalgic part can be shown within the painting due to the painting being a composition of what you would normally see in a bedroom. Even though it may not look particular like a bedroom you've seen before, it still gives off that nostalgic feeling of being at home. Based off theme, "The Bedroom" was ranked two because this painting as mentioned earlier gives off a nostalgic feeling. This nostalgic feeling relates more closely to my childhood than any other aspect.
This piece of work was Van Gogh´s first painting after being held captive by the asylum. This particular piece of work stood out to me because of the dramatic shift in colors starting from the bottom and ending at the top. As a result of this, I inferred that this painting's theme could potentially have a dark and universal meaning. The potential interpreted theme could possibly be spirituality and psychoticness. Spirituality can be found within the church portion and it´s surrounding details. The vibrant yellow brick path stands out and glows. This represents how bright and impactful his spirituality has become throughout his life. The psychoticness can be found within the upper portion of the painting. The upper portion is a blend of dark blue and black. This represent Van Gogh's emotional mind set at that point in his life. Considering that Van Gogh committed suicide shortly after this painting was created, this can infer that this portion of the painting can represent his psychotic phase of life. Based off theme, "Church At Auvers" was ranked number one because this painting strongly symbolizes a point in my life where spiritual behavior was disrupted by depressing corruption.