In this gallery, the early and later works of Vincent van Gogh are explored and put into compare and contrast. The difference in style is noted from his earlier works to his later works and is shown. his earlier works gave him notoriety but his later works are said to be done at the height of his artistic career. Overall, his emotional state is seen within the works as time goes by. 

This painting from 1885 is one of van Gogh's earlier works. His earlier works are typically dark and put emphasis on the life within the painting. This is considered to be his first major work.
As with many of van Gogh's earlier paintings, this depiction is consistent with his style in the use of darkness to place emphasis on the subject. The paint seems to be heavily placed within the work.
This particular painting was completed before "The potato eaters" but the style of heavy brush strokes and dark colors are still present. The cloth being woven is what draws the most attention.
This is one of van Gogh's earliest self portraits which shows similar characteristics to his early works, but has a contrast to his later works. This portrait is formal in nature and color accuracy.
Later in van Gogh's life, he was drawn to open fields and landscapes. As he dealt with mental illness the fields gave him an emotional outlet. More vibrant colors are used, contrary to his early works
As van Gogh's life came to an end he depicted his emotions within the environment of landscapes he painted. The dark sky above the field shows his deep sadness and gloom. The field is vast and lonely.
Consistent with the way he painted his late landscapes, he found emotional escape in wheatfields under a gloomy sky. It is evident that as time went by he felt more sadness and loneliness.
In this self portrait, van Gogh used brighter colors and a different brushstroke to depict himself here. In contrast to the earlier portrait, each stroke has a life of its own.
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