Van Gogh immersive experience is coming to Denver.
When I consider many of the works of art that touch me the deepest, I respond on an emotional level. But when considering the works from an academic point of view, each of them has strengths and weaknesses. Yet, somehow the strengths overpower the weaknesses. When the artist recognizes and takes full advantage of his strengths, there is greatness in his work.
Think of Monet for a moment. His strength was his ability to see the color of light. However, his work lacks in terms of composition (in my humble opinion). But because he put all his energies into his area of strength, his art is powerful.
Van Gogh’s work is powerful because of his ability to feel something on an emotional level about his subjects and show us the beauty in the ordinary. That was his strength. On a technical level, he does have some shortcomings. But his emotion far outshines his weaknesses.