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On Izetta and the impact of a scene

Ever since I first saw Izetta a single scene always stuck out in my mind. A scene that immediately grabs your attention and simultaneously makes you laugh and smile at Izetta and Finé’s antics and then brings you back down to the reality of their situation. However, the more I came back to the scene the more I realized just how well thought out and clever it was. It’s not even 2 minutes long but it manages to carry an overarching theme throughout: Izetta’s view of Finé and their relationship with each other. Everything that the scene does from its’s color composition to its camera movements, to its body language is set up to expand upon that theme.

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anonymous asked:

Why did that Van Gogh painting make you sad?

Ahh, just anything mentioning those two makes me sad…I am a sentimental fool when it comes to van Gogh. 

They (Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh) had a falling out, as I’m sure you’re aware; but before that, van Gogh convinced him to come study with him in southern France in a little yellow house (one of his favorite colors!), and he put up paintings of sunflowers on the walls of his studio for him, and just did a lot of sweet things…he was so excited to work side by side with his friend. And it reminds me of the sad end that their friendship met. 

But, on a more art historical note, it’s fascinating when you study a similar van Gogh painting next to it, that of Vincent’s Chair with a Pipe:

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See how much lighter it is, how much brighter. This was painted during the day time, clearly; it’s full of natural light. The chair itself is much more simple and less decorated than Gauguin’s chair; which some scholars believe indicated how van Gogh saw himself when compared to his counterpart: much simpler, less refined and elegant. After all, Gauguin had a much more flamboyant personality, from what I’ve studied about him (I know a lot less about him than I do van Gogh), and van Gogh spent a lot of time painting peasants…he wasn’t exactly a flaneur, you know? And it has his pipe, which was pictured in a lot of his self portraits! Charles Dickens suggested that smoking was a cure for melancholy, and van Gogh was to some extend influenced by Victorian England art and literature. This is a self portrait, in a way. This was painted in December of 1888; I think it was before their fight, but I don’t know the actual day this was painted.

Now look at Gauguin’s chair:

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It’s a much darker setting, lit by lamplight; a much darker color scheme, rich greens and dark, turbulent reds. The chair itself is more lavish, with sinuous curves, not just simple straw and wood. Gauguin had a bit of an arrogant personality, especially compared to van Gogh; it makes sense that his chair would be more ornamental, as compared to van Gogh’s, which is strictly functional, not exactly aesthetically pleasing. This was painted in November of 1888, when they were still living together. This is probably a bit of a stretch, but I think the darker colors might also indicate how tumultuous their relationship was becoming; they had pretty different personalities. I think van Gogh often felt inferior to him, as well, which is hard on any relationship. 

And, finally, when you look at them…they’re empty. No one is sitting in them. You know?

There, I’ve wasted a few minutes of your time making you sentimental about chairs :) Or maybe they’re just studies of chairs. Who knows?