Starry Night By Vincent Van Gogh

1433 WordsFeb 27, 20166 Pages
A Cypress Tree in the Midst of the Stars Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch artist who painted Starry Night, was disrespected and unappreciated for his works during his life. However, today he is considered one of the greatest Dutch painters. Today, his work is known for its detail, beauty, and emotion. One might claim that Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night depicts his supposed insanity. However, his painting Starry Night depicts his feelings of isolation, his feelings of alienation, and the appreciation he thought he would soon achieve during his lifetime, though each of which do not necessarily depict insanity. Van Gogh’s painting represents his feelings of isolation.…show more content…
Starry Night accurately depicts the feelings of loneliness that everyone can relate to at some point during their lifetime. Van Gogh’s works may not have received the attention they deserved during his lifetime, but today his works receive the recognition they deserve. His feelings as a struggling artist are apparent through the dark colors and the enormous cypress tree which captures the viewer’s attention. The darker colors represent darker feelings such as feelings of isolation and loneliness, while the cooler colors represent sadness and depression. The colors are an accurate depiction of Van Gogh’s feelings. These feelings of depression and isolation led Van Gogh to the point of admitting himself into an asylum. Of course, an asylum is not meant for interaction with other people, rather it is meant to isolate the patients from harming other people or themselves because of their illness, thus Van Gogh’s attempt to alleviate his feelings of depression and loneliness seem in vain. Furthermore, Van Gogh felt alienated from the other artists of his time. The little houses, for example, are all painted with dark colors to express that the townspeople are asleep and ignorant to the feelings of isolation that Van Gogh had. Lee claims in her analysis of Starry Night, “[...] the sleepy village represents the rest of the world, unaware of whatever raging passions and agony Van Gogh was going through at that moment. Perhaps this [raging passion and
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