Impressionism influence on Vincent Van Gogh


When Vincent Van Gogh moved to Paris he met with impressionist painters who, during that period, were to have a great influence on his work.

There is no doubt that when Vincent Van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886 he was deeply influenced by the landscapes, the people, and especially other artists. Vincent learned much about himself while in Paris, and while impressionists were influencing him, his artistic ability was growing as well. Van Gogh was most notably inspired and influenced by the now well-known Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Signac, and Seurat. After meeting these established artists, Van Gogh began getting more adventurous and bold with his use of colour, for the first time. Seemingly overnight, Van Gogh’s approach to his work and his style went from quite dark, to very vibrant and alive. No more was the peasant burning weeds in the field; instead his paintings leaned towards lovers in a park and more romantic settings.

The artists in Paris used to buy art supplies at Père Tanguy shop in Rue Lepic where Van Gogh lived. In the back of the shop some impressionism was developed. There Vincent met with some impressionist painters, like Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gaugin …

The back of the shop was used as a gallery and a meeting point for the artists, where they would discussed the different techniques of painting.

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