February 7, 2015
The Starry Night versus the Rainbow Landscape
The two Paintings that I chose to compare and contrast are the “starry night” and the “rainbow landscape”. The starry night was created in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh, during the post impressionism period. The work was sized at 736×921 mm and was painted in oil on canvas and represents an idea he once had of painting a nocturnal sky he attempted the previous year. The painting features a scene that is of a Dutch-looking town. The Rainbow Landscape, was created by Peter Paul Rubens in the year of 1636 during the baroque period the size of this painting is 136×236cm it too was executed in oil on canvas. The scene is crowned by a rainbow which extends from some way in the distance on the left and reaches towards us and behind the trees on the right. The beautiful yellow glow of the hay and the shining leaves of the sides of the trees are tempered by the darkness and shadows to the right, with the rainbow uniting the two sides.
Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork the “starry night” is a classic example of the post impressionism movement. Post- impressionist were artist who in that time period rebelled against the limitations of impressionism. They developed on their own personal styles that focus on emotional, structural, symbolic and spiritual elements which they felt were missing from impressionism. Earlier that year, Van Gogh decided to enter the asylum at Saint-Remy where he was inspired by a view from his window in the asylum the starry night. The paining was done on canvas with oil paints.
The second piece of art to analyze is the “Rainbow Landscape” this art form was from the baroque. This style replaced the mannerist style that had been dominating the art world since the late renaissance. The baroque style was everything that the mannerist was not, it was full of feeling and emotion rather than a perfection of the human figure.
The similarities between two...