I have officially crossed Day 10 of the AtoZ Challenge and I am starting to feel a little burned out. Partly because I didn’t have a productive day today and also because these stupid French artists hated the alphabet ‘K’.
I seriously don’t know what it is - May be K isn’t a very used word in French language or may be they didn’t know about the power of K back then because there were no Ekta Kapoor and the Kardashians.
Just when I was about to give up writing today, this very simple painting by Vincent Van Gogh came in front of me and I decided to write after all.
About Kingfisher by Vincent Van Gogh
Unlike like the other paintings by the genius, this painting by Van Gogh has no deeper meaning. It is literally just a kingfisher painted as the main object. He painted this in Paris, in 1886, using a mounted Kingfisher, and drew everything else around it.
He added the waterfront and the small grass on which the kingfisher is perched on.
My thoughts about the painting
When I first looked at the painting and realized that a bright and vibrant bird like a kingfisher was painted with such muted colours, I was surprised it was Van Gogh’s work. The only thing convincing me were his signature quick brushstrokes.
But when I saw the year 1886, it became clear. This was the time when Van Gogh was still trying to perfect his skills. He was living in Paris and looking for inspiration. The most productive time of his life were the last two years he was alive (1888-1890).