Vincent Van Gogh is the author of many masterpieces that were recognized as brilliant only after his death. This artist is a phenomenon that revealed and diluted the style of post-impressionism. His desire for bright colors, unusual images and a predisposition for sensual heart impulses made the paintings the most famous and recognizable around the world.
“Arlesian” is a less popular work, but also worth attention. If only because it has the title of one of the most colorful paintings of the famous artist.
Madame Gin agreed to pose for Van Gogh for a portrait. And her pose, thoughtfulness, aloof expression, lost look is something catchy, forcing empathy with the heroine. The whole image of a woman as if saturated with sadness and longing. It was noted that Madame Ginu really suffered from some periods of melancholy.
The defiantly bright yellow background, as it were, symbolizes how full and beautiful the world is around, and the lady's face seems more darkened, gray, dull, in turn indicating a person’s internal state. Here Van Gogh very skillfully composed a psychological background, displaying this in a portrait. He managed to see Madame Gina noble, calm and, perhaps, a little detached.
It is impossible not to pay attention to how much the contours of objects are greatly strengthened - this is another feature of the work. This detail further structures and emphasizes the image of the Arlesian. And in some way, the author himself transfers his inner world through the portrait of the person he writes. He strengthens the character and mood of the portrait with his look at things: somewhere exaggerating, and somewhere minimizing emotions. Speaking about the sensual and vulnerable nature of Vincent Van Gogh, you can rather lean toward the first option.
Gustav Klimt Judith