“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh
“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh depicts the view from the east-facing window of Van Gogh’s asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.
“The Starry Night” is regarded as one of Van Gogh’s most beautiful works and is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture.
In 1888 Van Gogh had a breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear, and he voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum.
The asylum was housed in a former monastery that catered to the wealthy and was less than half full when Van Gogh arrived.
He was thus allowed to occupy a second-story bedroom and also to use a ground-floor room as a painting studio.
During the year Van Gogh stayed at the asylum, he produced some of the best-known works, including the Irises, many self-portraits, and The Starry Night.
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent Willem van Gogh is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime and was considered a madman and a failure.
He created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life.
They were characterized by bold colors and dramatic, impulsive, and expressive brushwork that contributed to the foundations of modern art.
Vincent by Don McLean
“Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.”
(Full Lyrics in the video below)
The Starry Night
- Title: The Starry Night
- Artist: Vincent van Gogh
- Year: 1889
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions 73.7 cm × 92.1 cm (29 in × 36 1⁄4 in)
- Museum: Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Vincent van Gogh
- Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh
- Born: 1853 – Zundert, Netherlands
- Died: 1890 (aged 37) – Auvers-Sur-Oise, France
- Resting place: Cimetière d’Auvers-Sur-Oise, Auvers-Sur-Oise, France
- Nationality: Dutch
- Movement: Post-Impressionism
- Notable works:
- Starry Night
- Starry Night Over the Rhône
- Irises (Getty Museum)
- Self Portrait, dedicated to Paul Gauguin
- Portrait of the Postman Joseph Roulin
- White House at Night
- The Night Café
- Self-Portrait as a Painter
- Self Portrait with Felt Hat
- Green Wheat Field with Cypress
- The Raising of Lazarus
- Self-Portrait’ Mutilated Ear
- Café Terrace at Night
- Tarascon Stagecoach
- Wheatfield with Crows
- Bedroom in Arles
- Portrait of the Artist’s Mother
A Tour of the Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA), NY
- “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” by Claude Monet
- “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh
- “Broadway Boogie Woogie” by Piet Mondrian
- “Le Grand Nu” by Amedeo Modigliani
- “The Sleeping Gypsy” by Henri Rousseau
- “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth
- “La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- “Gas” by Edward Hopper
- “The Dream” by Henri Rousseau
- “The Moon and the Earth” by Paul Gauguin
Don McLean – Vincent ( Starry, Starry Night) With Lyrics
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Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night (1889)
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“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
– Vincent van Gogh
Photo Credit: 1) Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons