Style and works

Works of Vincent van Gogh

While studying at school, Vincent drew and painted with watercolors, but unfortunately, only a few jobs survived from that time. Van Gogh created about 150 watercolor paintings during his lifetime. In 1882, He went to create a series of graphic artworks. In the early years of his artistic career, Vincent painted with dark and very melancholy colors due to his spiritual condition. Vincent's style changed after he moved to Paris in 1886, where he met impressionist and Neo-impressionist painters, and they greatly influenced his artworks. From that time, Van Gogh started using a lighter palette of oranges, reds, greens, yellows, and his colors became brighter. Vincent also became greatly influenced by Japanese prints, and he started using dark outlines around objects.

Each painting of Vincent represents a direct sense of how the artist viewed each scene, explained through his eyes, heart, and mind. This emotionally evocative style later affected artists and movements throughout the 20th century.

First painting

The first true masterpiece of Vincent van Gogh is a 'Potato Eaters,' Which most strongly expresses the social and moral feeling of a great artist. The painting portrays five figures sitting around the table. Two of them are male, and three of them are female, the subject matter of the picture is too realistic and naturalistic because it depicts the ordinary life of five laborers eating baked potatoes from the potato plate. Vincent describes the miserable life of laborers, they are sitting in the darkroom, and the only light comes from the oil lamp. A working-class and poor laborer people inspired Vincent. The painting has dark and gloomy colors, but brightness and shyness are coming from laborers' inner emotions. But dull shades of the picture still give melancholy and depressing feelings.

Portraits and Self-portraits

Vincent van Gogh thought that there was nothing truly more artistic than to love people. He painted numerous portraits, used colors to capture their emotions and characters. Among them is a portrait of his mother, a picture of a postman Joseph Roulin, La Berceuse, and many others.

Vincent van Gogh created over 30 self-portraits between 1885 and 1889.

Generally, his portraits were studies created during a tough period of his life, when Vincent was reluctant to mix with others.

In self-portraits, Vincent may appear unshaved, having lost teeth, some of them show him with full lips, a long face, alert, and sharpened features.

'Self-Portrait with Gray Felt hat' is one of the most well-known self-portraits which makes apparent Van Gogh's physical and mental conditions.


Vincent van Gogh painted different landscapes with flowers, including sunflowers, irises, and lilacs. There are two series of flowers in Vincent's creation. The first was painted in 1887, in Paris, that shows flowers lying on the ground. The second was a year later, a series of bouquets in a vase positioned in the early morning light. That period is marked as a turning point in the artist's career. From that time, Vincent was moving away from the dark shades and colors of the painting and became interested in colors and colorful works of impressionist painters. During that period, van Gogh created much brighter paintings; his flowers, landscapes portraits were showing softer tones than before. One of the most famous pictures is sunflowers, which was established in France in 1889. Vincent used only three shades of yellow and demonstrated that it was possible to make artwork by many variations of only a single yellow color. Vincent's friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, admired and impressed by the sunflowers and said that it was 'completely Vincent.'

Wheat Fields

The Wheat Fields is a series of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. The paintings express Vincent's most profound sense of the meaning of life. Wheat Fields series of van Gogh shows through symbolism and painters deeply spiritual feelings, and He appreciates laborers and their connections with nature. One of the most famous artworks from the Wheat Field series is WheatFiled with Crows, and it is also considered as a painter's very last work. Vincent van Gogh used a perfect color combination in this painting. Whitfield, under the blue sky, expresses extreme loneliness and sadness at the same time.