The view became the basis of his most iconic work.
Interpretations[ edit ] Despite the large number of letters Van Gogh wrote, he said very little about The Starry Night. When he decided to hold back three paintings from this batch in order to save money on Starry night, The Starry Night was one of the paintings he didn't send. But that was delusion, dear friend, and one soon comes up against a brick wall.
And yet, once again I allowed myself to be led astray into reaching for stars that are too big—another failure—and I have had my fill of that. If that will make me more like Bernard or Gauguin, I can't do anything about it. But am inclined to believe that in the long run you'd get used to it.
The Starry Night belongs to this latter series,  as well as to a small series of nocturnes he initiated in Arles. Van Gogh's written statements concerning these paintings provide further insight into his intentions for painting night studies in general and The Starry Night in particular. He voiced this ambivalence in a letter to Theo after having painted Starry Night Over the Rhone, confessing to a "tremendous need for, shall I say the word—for religion—so I go outside at night to paint the stars.
Originally held at Kunsthalle Brementoday part of the disputed Baldin Collection. He says it is merely a crescent moon, which, he writes, also had symbolic meaning for Van Gogh, representing "consolation.
As noted above, Boime has proven that the painting depicts not only the topographical elements of Van Gogh's view from his asylum window but also the celestial elements, identifying not only Venus but also the constellation Aries.
Boime asserts that while Van Gogh never mentioned astronomer Camille Flammarion in his letters,  he believes that Van Gogh must have been aware of Flammarion's popular illustrated publications, which included drawings of spiral nebulae as galaxies were then called as seen and photographed through telescopes.
Boime interprets the swirling figure in the central portion of the sky in The Starry Night to represent either a spiral galaxy or a comet, photographs of which had also been published in popular media.
These swirls represent Van Gogh's understanding of the cosmos as a living, dynamic place. Whitney conducted his own astronomical study of The Starry Night contemporaneously with but independent of Boime who spent almost his entire career at U.
Cypress trees have long been associated with death in European culture, though the question of whether Van Gogh intended for them to have such a symbolic meaning in The Starry Night is the subject of an open debate. In an Aprilletter to Bernard, Van Gogh referred to "funereal cypresses,"  though this is possibly similar to saying "stately oaks" or "weeping willows.
I should like to make something of them like the canvases of the sunflowers, because it astonishes me that they have not yet been done as I see them. Schapiro refers to the cypress in the painting as a "vague symbol of a human striving.
Loevgren reminds the reader that "the cypress is the tree of death in the Mediterranean countries. Such a compression of depth serves to enhance the brightness of planet.
Soth uses Van Gogh's statement to his brother, that The Starry Night is "an exaggeration from the point of view of arrangement" to further his argument that the painting is "an amalgam of images.
What the three pictures do have in common is exaggerated color and brushwork of the type that Theo referred to when he criticized Van Gogh for his "search for style [that] takes away the real sentiment of things" in The Starry Night.
On two other occasions around this time, Van Gogh used the word "arrangement" to refer to color, similar to the way James Abbott McNeill Whistler used the term.Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world.
It is absolutely everywhere, too. It can be seen on coffee, mugs, t-shirts, towels, magnets, etc.
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The Starry Night is an oil on canvas by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van vetconnexx.comd in June , it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.
It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since , acquired through the. Van Gogh's night sky is a field of roiling energy.
Below the exploding stars, the village is a place of quiet order. Connecting earth and sky is the flamelike cypress, a tree . Starry Night 7 - Professional Astronomy Telescope Control Software for Mac/PC.
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