Van Gogh’s Painting Technique: Impasto

Impasto is a painting term that refers to the use of thickly textured, undiluted, paint that appears almost three-dimensional on the canvas.  When an artist uses the impasto technique they usually leave visible brush strokes on the finished painting.  They apply the undiluted color to the canvas, frequently with a palette knife, and mix colors on the canvas to attain the desired color.  When the painting is viewed from the side the paint is seen sticking out from the canvas in globs. The appearance of an impasto painting is greatly impacted by the lighting in the room.  Due to the raised surface on the canvas, light is reflected and shadows …..

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The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum (Café Terrace at Night)

Van Gogh painted The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, or Café Terrace at Night, in mid-September of 1888, and it has become one of his most successful works.  Following a summer in which he had spent time painting in the fields surrounding Arles, Van Gogh began to experiment with painting en plein air at night.  Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night is his first painting to explore the starry night background. In the painting, Van Gogh uses warm colors to depict a café in Arles.  Strong lines throughout the composition all point toward the center creating an interesting depth and structure.  The painting obviously …..

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Top 10 Van Gogh Paintings

Van Gogh created almost 900 paintings during his lifetime; however, of these paintings, a certain few continually standout as favorites among most individuals.

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