The Old Mill (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

The Old Mill - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Old Mill
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions25 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (64.5 x 54 cm)
Current LocationAlbright-knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Ny
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About The Old Mill

Vincent Van Gogh’s The Old Mill is an oil painting completed in 1888 during his stay in Arles. The painting depicts a mill with exaggerated angles and vibrant effects, created by the painter’s thick application of paint. Known for freeing color from a merely descriptive function, Van Gogh poured all his energy into his strokes, giving them an expressive quality that stands apart from the subject matter.

The Old Mill is part of more than two hundred paintings completed by Van Gogh over fifteen months in Arles, including portraits and landscapes. Inspired by the vivid colors and light of Southern France, he sought to experiment with varying techniques to capture these elements on canvas. His drawings and paintings allowed him to fully realize the creative potential of both mediums.

Van Gogh’s work was highly influenced by Post-Impressionism style which allows him to use abnormal angles and unconventional techniques that break away from traditional art styles. His mastery of thick brushstrokes (impasto) resulted in a textured surface that conveys intensity and produces motion within the artwork. Indeed, it expresses how important developing one’s creativity can be utilized especially with regards to artwork creation because it creates different interpretations that challenge us into thinking more deeply as well as showing how art evolves over time through different forms of art movements such as Post-Impressionism where we see how artists break conventions in terms of subverting themes conveyed via traditional visual storytelling methods; it teaches us about exploring new means towards artistic expression.

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