Celebrating Van Gogh’s Genius with Our Remastered and Altered Vintage Art
Van Gogh was one of the most influential and prolific artists of the 19th century. He created more than 2,000 artworks, including around 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings and sketches. His style was characterized by expressive brushstrokes, vibrant colors, and emotional intensity. He painted a variety of subjects, such as landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and self-portraits.
In this blog post, we will share with you our top 5 favorite Van Gogh paintings and how we are celebrating them with our digitally remastered, enlarged and specially altered vintage art. For each piece, we will describe the original art and its importance, then include something about our alterations.
1. The Starry Night
The Starry Night is one of Van Gogh’s most famous and recognizable paintings. It depicts a night sky filled with swirling stars, a bright crescent moon, and a village below. The painting reflects Van Gogh’s fascination with astronomy and his desire to express his inner turmoil through nature.
The Starry Night was painted in 1889 at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where Van Gogh was staying after suffering a mental breakdown. He painted it from memory while lying on his bed at night. The painting shows his struggle to cope with his loneliness and isolation.
We wanted to make our version of The Starry Night more appealing and fun for a wider audience – especially children. Our alteration has a large black cat staring up at the sky – the stars are reflecting in his eyes.
We love this painting because it captures the beauty and mystery of the night sky. We also admire Van Gogh’s courage to paint from his own perspective despite his mental state.
2. Sunflowers (1888)
The Sunflowers series are some of the most renowned works by Van Gogh. He created them in the French town of Arles, during 1888 and 1889. In this version he primarily uses only three different tones of yellow (which may have reflected his mood at the time) demonstrating that he could make a powerful impression with many shades of one colour.
We chose this painting because it represents Van Gogh’s optimism and joy for life despite his hardships, and Van Gogh valued the sunflower paintings highly: they expressed his ‘gratitude’, he said. He displayed the first pair in the room of his friend, the artist Paul Gauguin, who lived with him periodically in the Yellow House. Gauguin admired the sunflowers, which he considered ‘totally Vincent’. Van Gogh had made another version while his friend was there and Gauguin requested one as a present, which Vincent was reluctant to offer him.
Our version has the words “Van Gogh” spelt out with Scrabble letters in colors which complements the yellows of the painting.
3. Bedroom in Arles
Bedroom in Arles and it is one of the most famous works by Vincent van Gogh. He painted three versions of this scene from his own bedroom at the Yellow House in Arles, France, where he lived and worked for a year. The painting shows his simple and bright style of using vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes to create a sense of harmony and rest. The painting also reflects his personal life and relationships, as he included portraits of his friends on the wall and prepared a guest room for Paul Gauguin.
The painting is important because it reveals van Gogh’s artistic vision and emotional state at a crucial time in his life. He was suffering from mental illness and physical pain, which made him seek refuge in nature and art. He also wanted to share his passion for painting with others, especially Gauguin, who he admired for his boldness and originality. The painting is a testament to van Gogh’s dedication to his craft and his desire to express himself through colors and shapes.
We love this painting because it shows Van Gogh’s personal side as well as his artistic talent. We also appreciate how he captured the atmosphere of everyday life rather than focusing on grandiose landscapes or dramatic scenes.
We wanted to add some fun and personality to our version by featuring a mischievous black cat lounging on the floor next to the bed.
4. Blossoming Almond Tree
The Blossoming Almond Tree is one of Van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings that depicts an almond tree covered with white blossoms against a blue sky with some clouds. It is a beautiful example of his post-impressionist style, which uses bright colors and expressive brushstrokes to create a vivid impression of nature.
Van Gogh painted this painting as a gift for his newborn nephew, who was named after him. He wanted to celebrate the arrival of spring and the new life that it brings. He also admired the almond trees, which he saw as symbols of awakening and hope.
To add to the “bringing of life”, our version has a small red bird sitting on a branch which we added to contrast with the white blossoms and to represent Van Gogh’s spirit.
5. Self-portrait (1889)
Van Gogh’s self-portraits are remarkable for their honesty and intensity. They reveal his personality, his emotions, and his artistic vision. They also show how he struggled with his mental health and how he tried to cope with it through art. Van Gogh’s self-portraits are not only portraits of himself, but also portraits of an era: the late 19th century, when modernism was emerging and challenging the conventions of art and society.
This stunning self-portrait is one of the last ones that he made before he left Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in September 1889. He had been suffering from a mental breakdown since July 1888, when he had a violent quarrel with his friend Paul Gauguin over their artistic differences. He was diagnosed with epilepsy and psychosis by Dr. Paul Gachet, who treated him at the asylum.
Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, who was also an art dealer and supporter of his brotherhood with Gauguin:
You will need to study [the picture] for a time. I hope you will notice that my facial expressions have become much calmer, although my eyes have the same insecure look as before, or so it appears to me.
The painting shows Van Gogh glancing at the viewer with a calm/ neutral expression. His face is pale and thin and covered by a beard. His hair is orange-red, contrasting with the greenish-blue background that has swirling patterns of green and blue lines. The painting has a loose and spontaneous quality that reflects Van Gogh’s mental state at the time. It shows him as he really was: vulnerable but resilient.
It is one of the few paintings that captures Van Gogh’s artistic vision at its peak: innovative but realistic.
The painting, once again (like the Sunflowers) demonstrates Van Gogh’s ability to create original and expressive images using simple forms and minimal colors.
We love this painting because it shows Van Gogh’s honesty and courage to face his own flaws and challenges. We also respect how he expressed his emotions and personality through his distinctive style and color choices.
We hope you enjoyed our top 5 favorite Van Gogh paintings and how we are celebrating them with our digitally remastered, enlarged and specially altered vintage art. We think that Van Gogh was a genius who deserves to be remembered and appreciated for his amazing work and life story. We also think that art can be fun and creative, and that’s why we added our own twists to his masterpieces. If you want to see more of our printable art downloads, please take a look at our shop here. Thank you for reading!