Van Gogh's Color Palette

While Van Gogh is known for his vibrant colors, his early works were quite devoid of color. His sketches and early paintings were overwelmingly brown, with few variences from that. All colors were dull and dark.

Once he developed his distinct art style for which he is known, he went with bold, bright, oranges and yellows. These warm golds mixed with the deep blues and purples to create both bright and dark greens that carry through many of Van Gogh's works.

Mixed with Van Gogh's roughly textured brushstrokes, these high contrasting colors keep his paintings alive through centuries.

Starry Night, 1889

Cornfield with Cyprus, 1889

La Nuit Etoilee