Portrait of an Old Man by Vincent Van Gogh Cover For iPhone SE/5/5s
Portrait of an Old Man by Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas 1885, is a profile portrait painting of a gentleman with thinning hair and grey beard. Van Gogh painted many such portraits of his neighbors while living in Nuenen in his native Holland, often of the workers, weavers, farmers and peasants, though this old man is somewhat well dressed in a dark coat with white shirt and black tie. The planes of the subject’s head are firmly modeled in thick strokes of impasto oil paint, the profile lit in dramatic chiaroscuro, in a limited palette of white, black, umber and ochre earth tones that Van Gogh used exclusively for the first few years of his work as a painter.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) was a Dutch painter of the Post-Impressionist movement known for bold, expressive drawing, swirling brushstrokes and bold, heightened colors. In early adulthood Van Gogh worked as an art dealer, teacher and pastor before taking up the full time study of drawing and painting in his late twenties. Influenced by Rembrandt, the 19th century Realists and Barbizon school, Van Gogh's early paintings featured studies of workers and peasants in somber earth tones. Moving to France in 1886, Van Gogh met with the startling innovations of the Impressionist painters and began to apply their approach to color and subject matter, which continued into the mature style for which the artist is most renowned. Van Gogh produced many hundreds of drawings and paintings including portraits, landscapes, still life and flower paintings, and numerous self-portraits that became a dominating influence on the modern art of the 20th century and made him one of the most popular artists of all time.