Starry Night Essay

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Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh has risen to the peak of artistic achievements. Van Gogh was not really popular and only sold one painting in his life time, the aftermath of his work is enormous. Starry Night is one of the most well known images in modern culture as well as being one of the most replicated prints. Van Gogh painted this piece in 1889 while he was in Saint Remy seeking treatment in a mental asylum. Interestingly enough, he painted this piece from his memory and it was supposed to have been based on a constellation arrangement he had seen earlier on in the night sky of Provence. Starry Night is perhaps one of his most famous and yet most elusive works. The first thing that I noticed was the overwhelming night sky, which takes up most of the background. Its swirling, flowing lines appear to be swirling across the background in this gentle wavy motion and seem to be absorbing at the center to form this spiral-like form. Eleven fiery yellow stars that look like huge fireballs brighten this whole piece and contrast with the cool blue, fluid night sky that takes on an amazing variety of shades of blue, white and grey. There is also the crescent moon at the top right hand corner that radiates a more orange, brighter light from the rest of the stars. The view of the night sky and village is partly blocked by this huge cypress bush in the foreground. It has this twisting quality to it and its black green coloring stands out to the rest of the relatively pastel piece. The houses are tiny and inconspicuously painted in the bottom right corner of the painting and blend in quite well with the forest and mountains. The architecture of the village simple and no light to brighten the village, giving the impression that everyone there is probably asleep. In general, his brush strokes are heavy and thick and have this insistent, hectic rhythm to it. As a result, this

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