Vincent van Gogh

The debate about the better artist between traditional and modern artwork only seems in no way to end.
Transition sentence that leads to thesis While traditional art tends to be cultural-based and hooked up well within the parameters of painting, cutting-edge art tends to break creative boundaries.
Thesis statement: The comparison of two artists existing in these eras can be useful in understanding the revolution of art and higher understand the differences of artwork during these times. Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 and expressed a terrific beauty, color, and emotion in his art. Van was a post-impressionist whose work will be remembered through the records of art. Julie Mehretu on the other hand is a 21st century African-American artist who finds pleasure in painting densely layered abstract murals. Born in 1970, she is a rising star whose prowess cannot be simply ignored. She has a knack for painting may reach the legendary status of Van Gogh.


First Supporting Evidence: Vincent van Gogh was a colorist. He used a bright palette and developed a unique style with it. The Tree Trunks in the Grass is one example that expresses the relationship he had with colors. Neo-impressionists and post-impressionists would later influence him into adopting even lighter palettes of reds, oranges, greens, blues, and yellows. An example of a Van Gogh painting is the Starry night painted in 1889 which is a depiction of the night from asylum room (Naifeh, 2011). On the other hand, Julie finds her knack in a massively layered kaleidoscopic mass of color of explode across the printing surface. She makes use of monochromatic geometric forms, and swirls of color. The paintings join both line and color and seem to represent place, time and space. Examples of her paintings are the Stadia series (I and II). Stadia I was painted in 2004 which received positive criticism (Tomkins, 2010).

Second Supporting Evidence: Van Gogh is a legend, having painted more than 2000 paintings. Julie is no match to the legend. She has painted only for a short period of time, but received a warm reception and recognition. She is in her path to glory, starting with winning the 2001 McCall award, and among the recipient of the genius grant (Tomkins, 2010). Unlike Van Gogh, she has received compensation for her work. In 2008, her painting Mumbo Jumbo sold at $5 million. Vincent didn’t pursue the business part of art like his closely compared with artist, Pablo. Pablo acquired $750 million worth estate which puts Vincent at about $100 million if he was to properly pursue the business part of art (Naifeh, 2011).

Third Supporting Evidence: Vincent van Gogh, was well-known for using his environment to get ideas on what to paint. Julie shares this with Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s “The Starry sky” is one of the pieces of art that was inspired by his just before sunrise view from his asylum window (Naifeh, 2011). Julie’s work’s departure is the architectural of the city. She finds inspiration in the accelerated and compressed and densely populated urban environments. Her paintings cover multiple perspective of her views, like Van Gogh (Tomkins, 2010).


It is unfair in every way to compare a legend to a 1970-born artist, but in the path of greatness, a comparison of her style and personal attributes is something compulsory to see the progress. Modern art and the past time’s art may be different in the ventures or the styles, but Van Gogh and the 2015’s winner of the US state department’s National Medal of Art’s winner, Julie, artistic styles are fueled from the same source. These comparisons have brought light to the differences and the evolution of artistry between the 20th and 21st century.


Naifeh, S. a. (2011). Van Gogh: The life.

Tomkins Calvin. March 19th 2010. Big Art, Big Money: Julie Mehretu’s “Mural” for Goldman Sachs.

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