painting Starry Night is one of the
most recognizable paintings. It is everywhere, it can be seen on towels, coffee
mugs, shirts, etc. It is a sumptuous piece of work. Vincent van Gough painted Starry Night in 1889 while he was a
patient at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, in the prior year he was recognized for
cutting his ear off.
observe the painting notice the difference of brush strokes in each part of the
painting. In the sky they whirl, around the clouds, stars, and moon he
highlights their color to draw your attention there. Many say that the brush
work is dreamlike or almost too good to be true. The many hills roll into a
tiny village, the village however contrasts all of the soft brush strokes. Interrupting
the brushstrokes surrounding it the town is straight up and down. You can
see in Starry Night he returned to blending
the darker colors like he did in beginning of his career. Blue overtakes the
painting, blending hills into the sky. The tiny village lays at the base in the
painting in browns, greys, and blues. Even though each building is outlined in
black, the yellow and white of the stars and the moon stand out against the
sky, making the eyes look the to the sky. They are the main attention grabber
of the painting
often associate Genesis 37:9, which states, “and he dreamed yet another dream,
and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; the
sun and moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me”. Divide the
painting into three parts. The sky is the celestial. It is by far the most
dreamlike part of the painting. Next down one level to the cypress, the hills,
and the other trees on the ground. They curve and swirl, but yet there are still
soft angles that match the soft swirls of the sky. The last part is the tiny village.
The straight lines and sharp angles set it apart it from the rest of the
painting, seemingly separating it from the ‘heavens’ of the sky. With placing the
church in the middle of the village Van Gough stretches up to the sky bringing
God to the village.
Vincent van Gough committed suicide
in 1890. Although during his lifetime he was not known since his passing he is
very well known throughout the world.