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  Vincent Van Gogh - Oil On Canvas - 74 x 92 cm - 1889 - Museum of Modern Art - New York, United States

No artist in the world would not be attracted to the starry sky.Painted in 1889, “Starry Night” is a famous painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. The real life was not enough for the author. He considered that it was his imagination, the game of imagination, which was necessary for a fuller 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 on nature. He created many works during this period (including “Starry Night”) from memory. 

The symbolic meaning of the picture many interpret differently. Some tend to see in the picture a direct quotation of the Old Testament or Revelation. Some consider excessive expressiveness of the picture as the result of the master's illness. All agree on one thing - the master at the end of his life only increases the internal tension of his works.

The cosmic landscape overshadows the earth. We don’t even immediately see the town below the picture. Between the sky and earth, connecting them grows cypress, eternal, undying. In many countries, cypresses are considered to be cult trees, that symbolize the life of the soul after death, eternity, the frailty of being, and help the dead find the shortest way to heaven. Here these trees come to the fore, they are the main characters of the picture. Such a construction reflects the main meaning of the work: the suffering human soul (perhaps the soul of the artist himself), that belongs both to the sky and earth.

When Van Gogh created this masterpiece, he wrote to his brother: “Why can't the bright stars in the sky be more important than the black points on the map of France? Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, the same way we die to get to the stars.” Van Gogh will go to the stars very soon after these words. Just a year later. He will shoot himself in the chest and die from blood loss. Maybe it’s not for nothing that the moon is waning...

The picture is written in a characteristic style of Van Gogh. Thick long brushstrokes, which are neatly laid next to each other, juicy blue and yellow colors make it very pleasant to the eye. However, Van Gogh himself did not like it. When the picture came to the exhibition, he casually said about it: “Maybe it will show others how to portray the night effects better than I did.” This attitude to the picture is not surprising. As we know, it was not written from life and Van Gogh strongly believed in the importance of seeing what you write.

Today, this work has become one of the most recognizable works of Van Gogh. Residing in American Museum, it has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941.


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