Van Gogh's trend colors

Vincent van Gogh, our favorite Dutch painter, changed his use of color rigorously in the relatively short period in which he painted.

There are several theories about this. One is that Vincent had an eye defect that caused him to perceive bright colors at a subdued level.

Another idea was that the Parisian Impressionists inspired him. They were also known at the time for using brighter colors.

Data research by points to the sunnier climate of the southern French area Provence as the cause.

By taking an "average" photo of each period at a pixel level, this could be determined quite accurately. What is clear is that in the "Provence period" when he is living in the south of France, van Gogh really goes all out with brighter colors, especially the shades of yellow.

More on this research by can be found here.

The Potato Eaters, quite a dark painting from 1885

His Paris period: Montmartre in Paris, 1887. A bit more colorful.

The Harvest, 1888. 

Can you feel the warm August air too? And smell the scent of freshly harvested hay?

I LOVE those colors!

And guess what. These amazing "Harvest" colors can be found in Color Concept spring/summer 2023, color group 'Azur Gloss'.

For inspiration, I am always keen on colorful paintings. And this one screams Summer.

Do you also want to work with warm and sunny color palettes? We curated these, and so many more, in our 2023 home fashion trend publication.

Each season we curate 72 trend colors and divide them into 9 color groups, so you have enough inspiration without getting lost in endless options. Besides these warm tones also color groups with more nuanced shades included.

Go to for more information.

Astrid Davidse

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