Head of the Department of Art History IRNITU Vladislav Esipov March 1 gave a lecture on “Post-Impressionism, and the world through the eyes of an artist” in the Irkutsk Regional State Universal Scientific Library. I. Molchanov – Siberian. He introduced the peculiarities of Irkutsk townspeople painting by Van Gogh.
As noted by Professor V. Esipov, his performance is the second part of the lecture free project “From Impressionism to postmodernism”, dedicated to the art of the late XIX – early XX centuries. The project aims to help citizens understand the artistic styles of the period. The educational course is designed for six creative meetings. Note that the first event, during which V. Esipov spoke about the art of the second half of the nineteenth century as the transition to new art forms “, was held in the library on February 10.
According to art historian, Post-Impressionism is interesting because it is the representatives of this trend could most clearly reflect the traits of the human soul on his canvases.
“Post-Impressionism represented by very talented craftsmen – a Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne. Despite the fact that each of them has developed its own pictorial system, they were strongly influenced by the Impressionists, Impressionists tried to work as, and immediately felt that the world needed something more. In fact, impressionism engendered individualism and subjectivism in art. Impressionism is just the epitome of it. Post-Impressionists stubbornly defended their views, in spite of the poverty and lack of understanding from others “, – stressed V. Esipov.
Most of the lectures he dedicated the story of the life and work of Vincent Willem van Gogh. According to art historian, around the name of the artist a lot of rumors. Someone thought he was a genius, someone naive simpleton with a tendency to madness. Without knowing the details of the biography of Van Gogh, it is difficult to understand the peculiarities of his creative vision.
Van Gogh was born in 1853 in a family pastor in the Netherlands. According to Dutch tradition, choosing the way of life, he was to become a priest like his father, or the seller of paintings, both the mother’s relatives. The first years of his youth Van Gogh sold works of art in the company «Goupil & Cie», trained in London and enrolled in a missionary school after a commercial failure. In 1878 he was sent to the pastoral service with a mining district of Borinage in Belgium.
“Caught in this godforsaken place, he wanted to help people by word, but quickly realized that the workers do not need. Then Van Gogh began painting depicting human misery and unhappiness. Its no one understood, but this was the first discovery of the Van Gogh himself. His early works, made in the Borinage, look dark and gloomy “, – stressed V. Esipov.
Talking about the artist’s life in the Borinage, the professor showed the audience a few slides with the image of the famous paintings. For example, the pattern “Weaver at Work” is an image of a man in a cage, enslaved by the machine.
The most successful early work of Van Gogh V. Esipov considers painting “The Potato Eaters”. The author depicted the peasants who put themselves and dig potatoes, becoming over time, similar to potato tubers: with calloused hands and rough deformed persons.
“This is not a grotesque, a Van Gogh expresses his impression of the people with whom he lived at a time”, – says Vladimir Esipov.