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Description of Vincent Van Gogh's Pieta


Vincent Willem Van Gogh painted the painting “Pieta” in 1889. She painted on canvas with oil.

The painting was painted by the artist at the sunset of his life, during endless depressions and creative searches. However, despite the tragedy of events in the life of Van Gogh, this period is the heyday of his work. In recent years, the artist has depicted more than one hundred and fifty works.

The painting "Pieta" appeared in the artist’s creative heritage by chance. Van Gogh dropped the lithograph from Eugene Delacroix's Pieta painting in paint and ruined it. The painter was delighted with the works of Delacroix, tried to understand their performance, writing technique. Very sorry for the incident, he decides to reproduce the lost canvas.

The painting was made in a peculiar creative manner of writing by the artist, by then already fixed in many of his works. Dark tones and the dynamics of light convey the tragedy of the plot.

The painting depicts the Virgin Mary, mourning for Jesus Christ. Outstretched hands of the Mother of God embrace the dead body of her son. The gentle expression of her face indicates the inevitability of what is happening. The smoothness of the lines used in writing the body of Christ convey his breathlessness. A plurality of feelings is shown by the painter, both through the images of the characters themselves and in the landscape surrounding them.

Art historians believe that Van Gogh depicted Jesus Christ on this canvas, identifying his image with himself. Misunderstood, suffering, ridiculed by people and unrecognized in life - all this was characteristic of the artist. Many also find outward resemblance.

The biblical story is not typical of Van Gogh's work, but at the time of its writing this topic was close to him. He understood the basics of Christianity and yet was completely devoted to painting.





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