Monday, December 10, 2012

The Starry Night

The Starry Night is a painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. The painting depicts the view outside his sanitarium room window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (located in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941. One of Van Gogh's most popular pieces, the painting is widely hailed as his magnum opus.
The center part shows the village of Saint-Rémy under a swirling and light sky during a night. On the right, you can see the Alpilles Mountains. A huge cypress tree was added to the left into the composition.
Of note is the fact van Gogh had already, during his time in Arles, repositioned Ursa Major from the north to the south in his painting Starry Night over the Rhone.

I think that Van Gogh wanted to reflect his state of mind. It's a simple but a beautiful picture.

By: Sara Treviño 3ºC

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