The Starry Night

The Starry Night Post Impressionism

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh was produced in 1889 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Post Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Modern Museum of Art, New York


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): nature, sky


The Starry Night is a painting produced in 1889 by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.

One of the most relevant post-impressionistic pieces of artand has been considered as one of the finest and most recognized paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

Before The Starry Night is painted, van Gogh had suffered a nervous breakdown resulted in self-mutilation of his left ear and after that he voluntary went to the asylum. It is assumed that the painted sky was view from window of his room in the asylum, but the village was not visible from this window, so it had to be painted from memory. Van Gogh loved and understood nature and felt that it teaches us to see truly. Nocturnal sky is a repeated motif in van Gogh’s art, obviously it was obsessing him.Painting analyzes moon, bright stars, and whirling sky creating illusion of continuous movement.The cypress tree links earth and sky, and it is significant for interpretation of work, as cypress is frequently associated with cemeteries and mourning.Used technique is distinctive; tick brushstrokes are recognizable, powerful and almost inarticulate. An interesting fact is that during lifetime his works were enjoyed almost no prestige.

The work can be viewed at Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.


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