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Unformatted text preview: Vincent spent the beginning of 1885 working on portrait studies of peasants, particularly their heads and hands. This project represents an important development in his style. The forceful, distorted, and near-grotesque series of Peasant Woman, Head pieces are the best-known result of this disciplined experiment, which led soon to his early masterpiece in oil paint, The Potato Eaters. With this painting he achieved the earliest articulation of his style and an indication of his eventual vocabulary of heavy, patterned, short, gestural, and thick brushwork, palpably defined, modeled lines, and expressive and bold stylization and distortion. However, this work's color and Baroque, dramatic lighting is borrowed from the Dutch mastersVincent had still not discovered his personal language of vivid color. In March 1885, Vincent's father suddenly died, and the personal language of vivid color....
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