Starry Night Essay

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The painting, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is a famous and classical piece of art work. Van Gogh uses very cool coloured oil paints in great quantities on a canvas for this night scene. It is 74 by 93 centimetres which is roughly two and a half feet by three feet, the painting was placed in a large gold frame. The paint was applied using an impasto technique making every brush stroke jump off the canvas. Van Gogh uses somewhat of a pointillistic technique. He applies the paint in short strokes letting the colours mix on the canvas instead of on the palette. Van Gogh completed the painting in June of 1889, which art historians say that the town being depicted is Saint Remy, France. The Starry Night is currently being held in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The piece is one of the most iconic expressionist paintings to this day and by far van Gogh's most notable piece. 'The Starry Night' is an expressionist piece of a very small town. Van Gogh gives the viewer a hilltop vantage point which lets the viewer gaze down on the town. The cypress tree seems to pop out of the painting and grab the viewers eye; its heavy vertical brush strokes the tree leading the viewers eye toward the sky. With swirling brush strokes the sky whisks the viewers' eyes across the painting drawing them almost off the edge of the painting, but the bright, glowing crescent moon grabs the viewers' attention and brings them right back into the painting. There is somewhat of a downward slant from the right side which takes the viewer into the calm town.The 11 stars create a rhythm in the sky and van Gogh uses the repetition of the circular stars to keep the flow in the sky going smoothly across the canvas. The rhythm helps the viewers' eyes move from object to object in the painting. Van Gogh's The Starry Night is not quite symmetrical but there is balance to the piece. The

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