Essay on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night at St. Rémy

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Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night at St. Rémy

Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night at St. Rémy of June 1889, expresses the comforting power and spirituality of the infinite night sky over the humbler, earthly brand of nature through a synthesis of exceptional visual power, elements of religious allegory, and of modern spiritualism. This work is the product of van Gogh's refusal to depict the purely imaginary, but willful manipulation of what is real in order to achieve a more powerful work, both visually and through symbolism and allegory. Starry Night is more powerful than van Gogh's literal Agony of Christ would have been because, in separating itself from imagery that is strictly religious in its connotations, he was able to
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The church is the only building that deviates from this approach, containing actual planes of color and evidencing a fairly complex outer structure. These features make the church the most motionless building of all by denying it the motion of the brush strokes and giving it the solidity of a definite form.

Calming blue and purple dominate the painting's color scheme, with moonlight, starlight and a band of colored light close to the horizon containing mostly yellows, along with points of red and orange. The moon itself is a yellow-orange, while the two spiraling bands in the sky are greenish-blue in hue. Green tints highlight the glows of all the celestial features and tint the plant life on the ground. Greys and reds are characteristic of the houses, with orange indicating houselights, and powder blue filling in the lines of the church tower.
Finally, the writhing lines that define the dark green cypress' lines are a rich reddish brown and near-olive green, causing it to emerge as a sharply defined profile against the vivid colors of the sky and purple-greens of the landscape below.

Van Gogh was a naturalist who committed to representing the real. He refused to paint the imaginary; however, he was willing to challenge realistic depiction in order to express a mood or
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