Homework 9.2: Post Impressionism 2

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Van Gogh’s The Bedroom (Smarthistory)

1. According to the speakers, what are the “formal elements of painting,” and what radical new idea does Van Gogh have about the role they should play in painting?

2.  According to the speakers, what kind of “feeling” was this painting supposed to communicate, and how does it relate to the artists feelings about the “city” versus the “country”?

MOMA Audio:  Van Gogh’s Starry Night
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3. According to curator Ann Temkin, what is this painting really about?

Gauguin’s Vision After the Sermon

4. According to the speakers, how does this painting reflect Gauguin’s attitude towards “realistic” painting?

5. According to the speakers, where did Gauguin “borrow” the flattened space and diagonal tree trunk from?
6.  According to the speakers, where was this picture painted, and what attracted the artist to this location?

7.  What do the speakers mean when they say this is a “spectator religious painting,” and how does this relate to the industrial revolution?

Gauguin Maker of Myth (National Gallery)


8.  Mythic Artist:  According to this resource, how did Gauguin self-identify himself?

9.  Sacred Myths:  According to this resource, what lifelong quest compelled Gauguin?

10.  Sacred Myths:  According to this resource, what was formally innovative about Gauguin’s style?

11.  Earthly Paradise:  According to this resource, what attracted Gauguin primitive societies?  In what specific ways were they different from modern Europe?

12.  Paradise Lost:  According to this resource, why was Gauguin disappointed when he arrived in the Tahitian capital of Papeete?

13.  Recreating the past:  According to this resource, how did Gauguin go about recreating Tahitian gods, myths, and rituals?