Van Gogh use not only color to imitate the texture of rocks and grass and even swirling clouds, but also brush stroke. He achieves textures for the different elements of nature by varying the brush stroke and thickness of paint. Such a thick build-up of paint, which is tangible, is known as IMPASTO.
[Outline based on Stella Pandell Russell, "Art in the World", 1993, Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich, NYC, pp 50-57]
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Gogh, Vincent van
Artist Dates: 1853-1890
Period: 19th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 55 x 66 cm
Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
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