Star Night painting, Vincent Van Gogh – description and video review
- Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
- Museum: Museum of Modern Art (New York)
- Year: 1889
Description of the picture :
Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh. 1889. Oil on canvas. 73.7×92.1
There is no artist in the world who would not be attracted by the starry sky. The author has repeatedly addressed this romantic and mysterious object.
The master was crowded in the real world. He considered that it was his fantasy, the game of imagination, necessary for a more complete image. It is known that by the time the picture was created, the author underwent another course of treatment, he was allowed to work only in case of improvement. The artist was deprived of the opportunity to create in kind. He created many works during this period (including Star Night) from memory.
Powerful, expressive strokes, thick colors, 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 peacefully. Upstairs are powerful streams, huge stars and continuous movement.
The light in the work comes precisely from the stars and the moon, but its orientation is indirect. The glare of the night city looks random, breakaway from the common mighty whirlwind reigning over the world.
Between heaven and earth, connecting them, cypress grows, eternal, non-dying. A tree is important for the author, it is the only one capable of transferring all heavenly energy to those living on earth. Cypresses aspire to heaven, their aspiration is so strong that it seems – another second and the trees will part with the earth for heaven. As if the languages of the green flame look like centuries-old branches rushing up.
The combination of saturated blue and yellow colors, known to the heraldic combination, creates a special atmosphere, fascinates and attracts attention to work.
The artist repeatedly turned to the night sky. In the famous work “Sky over Ron”, the master is not yet so cardinal and expressively approaching the image of the sky.
The symbolic meaning of the picture is interpreted differently by many. 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. Everyone converges in one thing – the master at the end of his life only increases the internal tension of his work. The world is distorted in the perception of the artist, it ceases to be the same, new forms, lines and new emotions, stronger and more accurate, are found in it. The master draws the attention of the viewer to those fantasies that make the world around us more bright and innovative.
Today, it was this work that became one of Van Gogh’s most recognizable works. The painting is in the American Museum, but the picture hits Europe regularly, exhibited in the largest museums of the Old World.