How did Vincent Van Gogh work out his colour schemes?

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh used balls of wool to work out his colour theory? Or that some of the paint pigments he used have faded?

This 8 minute video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art explains some of Vincent Van Gogh’s approach to colour and illustrates how some of his paintings would have looked like when first created.

Take a coffee break as it is worth watching.

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8 Responses to How did Vincent Van Gogh work out his colour schemes?

  1. Anneliese says:

    Thank you, Sharon, for”undigging” this and sharing. I loved to see it.

  2. Jeannette says:

    Very interesting to watch and read. Thanks for the post.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Jeanette, – I love little snippets of info that videos like this give so I am pleased to share and that you found it interesting

  3. Lisa says:

    Thank you for sharing this! My daughter has been studying how Van Gogh painted and this is enlightening!

    • sharonb says:

      HI Lisa pleased it was useful – I htought it was interesting as to how much the colours had changed

  4. Juno says:

    What a fascinating video. Thank you so much for sharing, Sharon. So much information in such a short space of time!

  5. Wow, that is fascinating – and really interesting to see the various postcards/book plate representations through time and how the pigment/reproduction altered there too. Thanks for sharing!

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