Starry Night Essay

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«The Starry Night» is a famous painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. Painted in 1889, it depicts the view outside of Gogh’s sanatorium room window at Arles (located in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day .The genre of the work is a cloudscape. The subject of the painting is an overwhelming night sky which takes up most of the background .It is a field of roiling energy. Eleven yellow stars that look like huge fireballs illuminate this whole piece and contrast with the cool blue night sky that is an amazing variety of shades of blue and grey. There is also the moon at the top right corner that radiates a brighter light from the rest of the stars. The view of the night sky and village is partially blocked by the big cypress tree in the foreground. Its black green coloring stands out to the rest of the relatively pastel piece. The houses in the village are tiny and inconspicuously painted in the bottom right corner of the painting and blend in with the forest and mountains. Van Gogh's brush strokes are bright, heavy and exaggerated. The painting done in such expressive brushstrokes seems to give the impression of fantastic movement, it gives the illusion of constantly being in motion and it is this holds our attention. The artist uses dark blue and green to paint not only the sky but also the mountains and houses. He uses white and yellow colors to the moon and stars and that draws immediately attention to the sky. Van Gogh paints the rich colors of the night and this corresponds with the true character of this Starry Night, the colors are means of expression and they are used to convey emotion. The composition of the picture is classical though, where yellows, blues, greens and the darkness of the village make all shine into a new concept of painting. All in all I’d like to say that «The Starry

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