Woman in Blue by Vincent Van Gogh Jewelry Box
Woman in Blue by Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas 1885, is a three quarter profile portrait of a dark haired woman in pale blue blouse with necklace and ear rings set against a light blue background. While working in Nuenen and Antwerp in his native Holland, Van Gogh painted mostly in a Dutch realist palette of somber, dark earth tones but had become aware of the lighter palette and innovative color effects of the French Impressionists through his brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris. The lighter touch, painterly brushstrokes and more colorful palatte of Woman in Blue may be an early response to the Parisian avant garde while the artist was still painting portraits and figure compositions of the workers, weavers and peasants of Holland.
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.