What make paintings produced by Vincent Van Gogh unique?

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."- Van Gogh's contemporary Edgar Degas


Today, Vincent van Gogh is one of the most influential painters throughout history. Vincent had a rather tragic life and was not a well-regarded artist date back to history.  Due to lifelong loneliness, he experienced a diverged range of mental illness such as borderline personality disorder, anxiety–depressive disorder with episodes of depression and hypomania, and also paranoid schizophrenia. So, what makes his painting so unique now? Why is there a sudden rise of popularity towards Vincent van Gogh?

1) Turbulence 
An examination showed that turbulence in starry night obeys the power law of turbulence (Finlay, 2020). It means that the turbulence in the painting displays mathematical precise structures of fluid turbulence(Aragón et al., 2008). Vincent is currently the only painter in history who demonstrates such a mathematical precision of turbulence in painting. 

Starry Night - Vincent Van GoghStarry Night (1889)

2) Hidden Paintings
The research discovered hidden paintings using X-ray Fluorescence Elemental Mapping. Scientists suggested that Vincent reuse the canvas due to economic hardship and the rapid artistic revolutions (Dik et al., 2008).

Research showed hidden paintings underneath the paintingPaintings were hidden underneath of Patch of Grass(1853 – 1890)

3) Colour Theory
Vincent excelled at applying colour theory onto his paintings. The dominant use of yellow in the painting suggests either a prominent individual style or suspected Xanthopsia tendency. The yellow is usually balanced by the use of blue and/or white(Gruener, 2013). The paintings produced by Vincent van Gogh are well-known for the usage of the contrasting effect of colours which was influenced by Japanese painting. In the painting of night cafe, he used the combination green and red to convey the sensibility, vehemence or uneasiness (Gruener, 2013).

The Night Cafe(1888)“In my painting of The Night Café I’ve tried to express the idea that the café is a place where you can ruin yourself, go mad, commit crimes” – Vincent Van Gogh

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Aragón, J. L. et al. (2008) ‘Turbulent Luminance in Impassioned van Gogh Paintings’, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 30(3), pp. 275–283. doi: 10.1007/s10851-007-0055-0.

Dik, J. et al. (2008) Visualization of a Lost Painting by Vincent van Gogh Using Synchrotron Radiation Based X-ray Fluorescence Elemental Mapping | Analytical Chemistry. Available at: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/ac800965g (Accessed: 17 September 2020).

Finlay, W. H. (2020) Full article: The midrange wavenumber spectrum of van Gogh’s Starry Night does not obey a turbulent inertial range scaling law. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14685248.2020.1718158?casa_token=G95PK6yHXN0AAAAA%3AEdcv10HNLvxUtMok0qLRMwbNTinrJmdIH4T0ktGebnptgkWncwOHHpbLLxMwq_hqnpdOwWLiEFUs (Accessed: 17 September 2020).

Gruener, A. (2013) ‘Vincent van Gogh’s yellow vision’, British Journal of General Practice, 63(612), pp. 370–371. doi: 10.3399/bjgp13X669266.

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