As I was blogging about my favorite artists, I noticed a similarity in the paintings of two artists that were born a century apart. Similar are the vibrant colors, subject matter, and perspective. I found this very interesting and wondered if the younger artist, James Michalopoulos was influenced by the elder artist, Vincent Van Gogh. In my research I discovered that both painted the French landscape, and both used a palette knife. I was unable to find any direct mention of Michalopoulos being influenced in his work by Van Gogh, but what I did find was very interesting. Several contemporary artists mentioned both Michalopoulos and Van Goth as their influences.