Vincent van Gogh - The Starry NightOil on canvas, 1889, 73,7 × 92,1 cm,  Museum of Modern Art i in New York

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Description and interpretation of the famous painting 'The Starry Night' by Vincent van Gogh!

Vincent van Gogh - The Starry Night

One would think that van Gogh stood here on a hill and simply transferred what he saw to the screen. In reality, however, the painter was already in a mental hospital due to psychological difficulties, which he was only allowed to leave accompanied. The motif corresponds to the view from his room and will probably have been created later from memory.

We know from letters that Vincent himself was not very satisfied with the result of this work. Nevertheless, in Vincent's own words, the starry sky offered something of a religious refuge.

Only eleven stars and the bright crescent moon break through the blue-soaked and image-dominating sky.

In the middle of the picture you find a light vortex in the clouds. Does it signal the origin of the world? At least it is not the earthly life that plays the main role here. Only a cypress burns up like a fire on the left and connects the two worlds. The village, the mountains - unmoved they lie still in the bottom of the picture. However, the village is largely invented and feeds on the artist's imagination and his memory of his Dutch homeland. The horizon line is low and provides a stage for the moving sky.

The painting is stylistically post-impressionist, as it expresses the painter's subjective and emotional feelings. The expressive forms with which he expresses this impression certainly originate from Gogh's state of mind - but they also point to the epoch of Expressionism of the same name and now following.

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