The End of Fear
The End of Fear
The End of Fear is a striking portrait by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh, also known as artistically inventive painter of the movement known as Impressionism. History of this painting and its subsequent influence on contemporary individuals. The painting represents a typical vision of Van Gogh’s work – that of bright and strong colors, bustling with movement, with unusual shapes and strong contrasts. His style of painting contrasts sharply between the deep intensity of color and the softer brush strokes.
The painting is representative of Van Gogh’s belief that art can help us move forward by forcing us to confront issues in our inner being and in our relationships with others. In the painting, we can sense the awakening of his anxiety and fear, and we can see that although he tries to keep the focus on the objects of his affections, we can sense in his paintings the vulnerability and the fragility of human frailties. Art can be a tool to help us confront and accept ourselves and others. The theme of The End of Fear suggests that Van Gogh was not fully satisfied with the perfection of his art. Because he could not face his vulnerabilities and fears, he turned to painting as a means of escape and distraction, but The End of Fear ultimately points to a possible direction for him towards acceptance and happiness.
The painting starts with an extended exposure of the bars of the window, a cluster of red and yellow candles, and then a series of stills moving away from the viewer toward a horizon of blue sky. Van Gogh focuses the attention of the viewer directly on the central image of the candle, creating a sense of longing for someone who is no longer there. The central image in The End of Fear also plays a pivotal role in the composition as it indicates the end of a period of intense emotion, a period when the artists experience a heightened sense of vulnerability and they are compelled to search for connections with things outside themselves, like their own mortality.