The Starry Night By Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh
Post-Impressionists left behind the Impressionist doctrine of truth to nature. Rather, they chose “in favor of restless feeling and intense color, as in this highly charged picture, van Gogh made his work a touchstone for all subsequent Expressionist painting” (WikiArt, 2016). Vincent Van Gogh’s, The Starry Night, is Post-Impressionism oil painting on canvas. He created it in 1889, during the time he was committed to the mental asylum in Saint-Rémy, France.
The Starry Night, Vincent expresses a turbulent sky with bright intensity of moon and stars. In the foreground, one sees an overproportioned cypress tree. It is dark and lingers to the left. The background shows a small, quiet village and a church in the outskirts; perhaps reflecting the society around him going on about their everyday lives. The canvas evokes strong emotions with its use of movement within the painting. The sky is a mixture of blue and yellow hues. The calming of the blue defies the energy of yellow. White and black are emphasizing the rolling movement within the sky. Calming blues reflect the quietness of the village and church in the background. The dark cypress tree to the left reminds me of darkness with a moody solemnest. Cypress trees at the time were associated with graveyards. This may be expressing what overwhelming concern of death, and the struggles he faced.
The contextual properties reflect Vincent’s struggle with depression. During 1889, at the asylum, he
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