Art Analysis : The Starrry Night By Vincent Van Gogh

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Starry Night Analysis The Starry Night is one of Vincent Van Gogh’s main works and is arguably his most famous painting, although at the time it was his strangest. The painting is currently held at the MOMA or Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has been since the year of 1941. Van Gogh painted this in the month of June in the year 1889. It is an oil painting on a canvas that is 73 x 92 centimeters. Vincent Van Gogh used brush strokes and colors in such a way to create this beautiful piece of art with contrast and movement. This piece is truly breath-takingly stunning. Vincent Van Gogh had a plethora of mental illnesses. He suffered from episodes of depression, paralyzing anxiety, and, on some accounts, bipolar disorder. He was well aware of his condition. He once said, “I put my heart and soul into my work, and have half lost my mind in the process.” Everybody knows the story of how Van Gogh mutilated his own ear. This is true, but it only happened because of a massive mental breakdown in December of 1888. In May of 1889, Van Gogh admitted himself into the asylum due to his mental state. There he would sit in his room and look out the one window that he had. This is actually the source of the scene within The Starry Night. The small town is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which is in southern France. He had a view, the exact view that we see in the painting, of this town from his sanitarium room window. Of course, he left out the visual of the metal bars in the window. Although he started to go mentally insane, his mental illnesses allowed him to do great things. The painting depicts Saint-Rémy at night, even though he painted it from memory during the daytime. This was not the only account of this. He later had to repaint an image because it had been destroyed in travel after he was discharged from the asylum. Van Gogh had to paint The Starry Night from memory because his art supplies were kept in a separate room from his main room. He was in the asylum from May of 1889 through May of 1890. He became very obsessed with nature during his time, especially trees, the landscape at the asylum, and caterpillars symbolized the opportunity of transformation and change. He also saw budding flowers as a

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