Vincent Van Gogh Imperialism

1307 Words6 Pages
Vincent van Gogh was a 19th century Post-Impressionist painter with a desire to incorporate happiness and joyfulness into his artwork. His need to create happiness during a socially conformable, a constitutional monarchy under the rule of William III (of Orange), is justified in the hardships The Netherlands suffered during the 19th century. Holland, a remotely small country, under the constitutional monarchy ruled by William III (of Orange), which was amid adjusting to their new King (of the Netherlands) and his policy of maintaining a protestant country surrounded by Roman Catholic controversy (“William III – The Invader King”). Born in a small, gloomy, imperialist-run town in Holland, Vincent Van Gogh was an aspiring artist, presumably, since he took his first breath. Holland was country deeply invested in windmills and all sorts of…show more content…
It is suggested that Van Gogh painted with such contrasting elements to reflect on the pain and moods he was in during this time. He was unconcerned with how others perceived his paintings, he just wanted to paint. Many art media critics loathed his work; they complained his paintings lacked creativity and were incomprehensible. Some even went a far as to categorize his work as philistine. Works such as “Starry Night” and “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear” which were created during his stay at a psychiatric mental facility he checked himself into. The relevance of the sunflowers in this piece is very crucial to Van Gogh’s underlying meaning. He wanted to create a sense of tranquility opposing to his irregular mood changes and manic episodes. Few even theorize that, “the flower that turns its bloom towards the sun has a long history as a symbol – of the Christian soul” (Gayford
Open Document