Van Gogh and Perception of Space


Architects imagine and design space before it is constructed, whereas the Artist has the prerogative to manipulate the reality in the painting. The understanding of Van Gogh’s work has been overshadowed by his mental illness which caused him to eventually take his life. By studying what is written by historians, watching documentaries and reading Van Gogh’s letters to Theo (his younger brother), we identified some points in his life which may have triggered these issues. This research is an attempt to understand Van Gogh from an architect’s perspective by analyzing his paintings using digital three-dimensional modeling. In these paintings, we analyze how he portrayed architecture such as his house, a church, the hotel in Paris where he stayed, the Café Terrace at Night, The Bedroom and the Asylum. Using architectural elements, he hinted possible dis-comfort towards his house, the church and manipulated the perspective excessively in 'The Bedroom'. The windows are always dark or shut, not showing us what was inside these buildings despite excessive light. The 3D models showed us the reality contrary to Van Gogh’s depictions. The research here is also an analysis of his feeling and how he represented those gradually through the distortion of architectural elements and space.

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Zara Amjad, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore., Pakistan
Mahnoor Khurram, Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan

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Conference: ACAH2021
Stream: Teaching and Learning the Arts

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Amjad Z., & Khurram M. (2021) Van Gogh and Perception of Space ISSN: 2186-229X – The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2021 Official Conference Proceedings
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