Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch Post Impressionist artist who was born on March 30th 1853 and died on July 29th 1890. He was world renowned artist whose paintings are among the most popular paintings in the world and are unique and expensive art works (Chipp, 1975). Here the topic of discussion is “compare and contrast on various aspects on the two paintings made by Vincent Van Gogh”. The two paintings selected for the discussion are Two Crabs and The Sunflower. Vincent Gogh like other post-impressionist artists had keen interest in investigating about the objects in their art works with emphasis on its significance and symbolism.
Cultural and historical significance of the two paintings:
In the painting Two Crabs the crab is shown on its back it simply signifies something having a hard shell as a protector but is revealing the underside which is soft and vulnerable. Van Gogh through crab had tried to reveal his own feelings in adverse situations and even something about himself. The crab in the painting signifies the message of hope for the future from the side of the artist Van Gogh (Lazowski, 2001). The crab even signifies the struggle of life as faced by Van Gogh for getting on the feet again. Lastly it is also depicted that he had recovered itself by overcoming the situations of crisis in life. On the contrary The Sunflower was painted by Van Gogh during the period of excited optimism and that was a rare period during which Van Gogh was waiting for the arrival of his mentor and a famous painter of avant-garde Paul Gauguin. Van painted The Sunflower with an intention to impress Gauguin and the flowers was the representation of the gesture of friendship. Van Gogh never tried to copy the exact reality in his art works. The choice of colors he made for making his paintings was not with a motive of imitating nature instead he tried to express his emotions through his paintings.