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The painting "Starry Night", Vincent Van Gogh - description and video review

The painting

Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh. 73.7x92.1

There is no artist in the world who is not attracted to the starry sky. The author has repeatedly appealed to this romantic and mysterious object.

The master was closely within the real world. He considered that it was his fantasy, the game of imagination, which was necessary for a more complete image. It is known that by the time the picture was created, the author was undergoing another course of treatment, he was allowed to work only if his condition improved. The artist was deprived of the opportunity to create in kind. Many works in this period (including Starry Night) he created from memory.

Powerful, expressive strokes, dense colors, a difficult composition - everything in this picture is designed for perception from a long distance.

Surprisingly, the author managed to separate the sky from the Earth. One gets the impression that active movement in the sky does not affect what is happening on earth. Below is a sleepy town, ready to fall asleep in a peaceful sleep. Upstairs are powerful streams, huge stars and unceasing movement.

The light in the work comes precisely from the stars and the moon, but its orientation is indirect. The glare illuminating the night city looks random, breaking away from the general mighty whirlwind that reigns over the world.

Between heaven and earth, combining them, cypress grows, eternal, undying. The tree is important for the author, it is the only one able to transfer all the heavenly energy to those living on earth. Cypresses are flying toward the sky, their aspiration is so strong that it seems - another second and the trees will part with the earth for the sake of the sky. As if tongues of a green flame, centuries-old branches look upward.

The combination of saturated blue and yellow colors, the famous heraldic combination, creates a special atmosphere, mesmerizes and attracts attention to the work.

The artist repeatedly turned to the night sky. In the famous work Heaven on Rhone, the master is still not so radically and expressively approaching the image of the firmament.

The symbolic meaning of the picture is interpreted by many differently. Some tend to see a direct quote from the Old Testament or Revelation in the picture. Someone considers the excessive expressiveness of the picture as a result of the master’s disease. All agree on one thing - the master by the end of his life only increases the internal tension of his work. The world is distorted in the artist’s perception, it ceases to be the same, new forms, lines and new emotions are revealed in it, stronger and more accurate. The master draws the viewer's attention to those fantasies that make the world around us more vivid and non-standard.

Today it is this work that has become one of Van Gogh's most recognizable works. The painting is in the American Museum, but the painting gets to Europe regularly; it is exhibited in the largest museums of the Old World.


Watch the video: Vincent van Goghs The Starry Night . IUPUI Explains (January 2022).