Thanks to the growing awareness on Global Warming and Ozone depletion, the concept of sustainable life spaces has achieved popularity like never before. Termed as ‘Green Buildings’ sustainable structures are the today the most promising life spaces. Though treated as a novel concept, its roots were well-established in the world of art.
Impressionism is one such revolutionary art movement that captured the reality of natural elements. The concept first took its birth from the canvas of French painter, Claude Monet in 1872 from his work Sunrise. Since then, the concept of impressionism soon captured its pace like a wildfire. So much that, the reflections of impressionism became also evident in the world of structural architecture.
The trails of inspiration could be evidently found through the works of Dutch impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. It could be rightly said that the concepts so brought out through Van Gogh’s masterpieces, in the later part, even became true inspirations for the creation of numerous architectural wonders. One such element is the concept of blending in natural daylight and freshness of the nature within the life spaces. The feature, that has today become a trending USP in the real estate sector, was once a spotlight theme in Van Gogh’s canvas.
Three of such masterpieces drawn out by Van Gogh are being outlined here to carve out the inspirations that have trended the architectural wonders:
Café Terrace at Night (1888): Nature was one among the most favorite themes in Van Gogh paintings. A clear reflection of his closeness to nature was brought out through his 1888 coloured oil painting, named as Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum. The painting showcased the natural beauty of enjoying a dinner under a starry gaze. It could be rightly said that the picturesque beauty of the canvas influenced numerous architects in replicating the magic even in life spaces. Today, the concept is one of the prime selling amenities offered at most of the high-rises being built in the residential housing sector.
Olive trees (1889): Painted in 1889, Olive trees demonstrate a harmonious relation between man and nature. Through his painting Van Gogh portrays a path to connect with the divinity by maintaining a close interaction with nature. It was also said that Van Gogh himself found respite and relief in his canvas interactions with the nature. It could hence be said that the concept of sustainable living and practice of Green Buildings had close trails even to Van Gogh’s paintings.
The Starry Night (1890): Said to be painted from the memory of the Dutch canvas master during his tiring times at the asylum, Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is a classy representation of nature’s distinctiveness. Through a single canvas, Van Gogh depicted the view of different times of day and weather conditions that could be achieved through his window at the asylum. The painting through its one-of-its-kind way showcased the distinctiveness of nature and its elements. The art of replicating nature’s elements by itself led towards the emergence of a new architectural trend of Biomimetics, i.e. imitating natural elements as components of living in human societies.
Art be it in any form, has always been an influential form of expressionism in shaping and moulding the human lives. The scope of exploring this vast world of art is limitless and its potential in leading the human lives on a qualitative path is unquestionable.