The starry night – Vincent van Gogh

The starry night - Vincent van Gogh



The starry night is a painting by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. It belongs to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The work (oil on canvas) measures 73 by 92 cm. It is seen as the masterpiece of this painter. From 1888 Van Gogh painted several pieces that resemble The Starry Night. He called this study his study of the starry sky. In 1888, for example, he painted the starry night above the Rhone, which is very similar to this painting. Vincent van Gogh made The Starry Night when he was at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in June 1889. He also made a number of pen drawings with the same subject. Mid-September he sent the starry night paintings to his brother in Paris.

The painting is a night scene with yellow stars above a small city with hills. It is a view from an imaginary point over a village with church tower and on the left a flaming cypress and on the right olive trees against the hills. Van Gogh used Delacroix for the use of complementary colors. The painting is often associated with the words of Vincent van Gogh: "Why, I wonder, wouldn't the shining dots in the sky be as easy to reach as the black dots on the map of France? Just like we were on the train to Tarascon or Rouen, we use death to travel to the stars. " Van Gogh painted the piece at a time when he felt a strong urge for religion. After this he would end up in a depression.

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