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Vincent Van Gogh Thesis

Title: Paintings, colors and self portrait

Vincent Van Gogh Thesis:

•Must be 1.5 spacing, 12 font, and time roman, justify.

•Must use as references the Letters to Theo.

•Must include Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Signac, Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet as comparison, differences, influences and development in Vincent’s life and paintings.

•Must include pictures of paintings of Vincent and other artists that are used to compare or contrast to describe and used as references to what the chapter is about. The size of these pictures must take no more than half a page while the other half must continue with the written work.

•Must include an index.

•Each chapter should have more or less equal amount of pages. (50 pages total including the introduction.)
•Must include at least 20 references.

•Must include all the necessary footnotes required each time a citation or reference is use.

•Must include all the necessary pictures of paintings necessary to make the reader understand the thesis.


•The introduction must include a brief summary of the life of Vincent Van Gogh and topics used in the chapters.

•Must include why I choose this topic.

•Must include a brief summary of the three chapters.

•Must include methodology.

•The length of the introduction must be between 5 to 7 pages.

Chapter 1: The change from black to color: Painting the reality, nature and truth


•How his reality went against the academy.

•How his concept of beauty was far from his reality.

•How art, in search of the authenticity of truth, is only found in humble and simple form.

•How he created paintings with not only what his eyes could see, but also tried to capture its spirit and emotions, always searching nature’s essentials.

•Include pictures of painting relevant to the topic.

Chapter 2:The power of color

•How he became obsessed with colors.

•How the colors were a discovery that originated by the interest the ones feel for paintings’ history.

•How there are things in colors that came from Vincent as he painted that he did not know before.

•Explain how the color black does not exist (Letters to Theo).

•How Vincent realizes that his color palettes are too dark; that it needs more light.

•Make a distinction between night colors and day colors and why he says that colors changes depending on the intensity of the light and of the time of the day or night.

•Include pictures of paintings relevant to the topic.

Chapter 3:Self portrait: The walking man

•Why his self portrait became his obsession.

•How he incorporated in every self portrait different colors depending of the circumstances surrounding him (like the city where he was living, his peers, and his state of mind).

•Include pictures of paintings to compare and contrast each portrait.

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