We have all seen and heard this painting somewhere on social media and some may know about this painting. Over 130 years, How a single painting never fails to amaze everyone beyond the country, the language, and the culture… And the only Art that was Indestructible by time is , The Starry Night
Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world. It is absolutely everywhere, too. It can be seen on coffee, mugs, t-shirts, towels, magnets, etc. Honestly, it sometimes feels as if the painting’s fame has exceeded that of its creator. It is a magnificent piece of art. That Starry Night resonates with so many people is a testament to how its beauty is timeless and universal.
Starry night conveys strong feelings of hope through the bright lights of the stars shining down over the dark landscape and night. In 1888, Van Gogh wrote a personal letter which described; “a great starlit vault of heaven… one can only call God”.
The style of Starry Night painting he developed in Paris and carried through to the end of his life became known as Post-Impressionism. The colors appear to vibrate as your eyes bounce between all the distinct colors. He painted the light of the stars, moon and houses by contrasting vivid yellows and Oranges against the blues and greens in the rest of the painting.
The dark spires in the foreground are cypress trees, plants most often associated with cemeteries and death. This connection gives a special significance to this van Gogh quote, “Looking at the stars always makes me dream.”
Starry Night was painted while Vincent was in the asylum at Saint-Rémy and his behavior was very erratic at the time, due to the severity of his attacks, This is what makes Starry Night not only Vincent’s most famous work, but also one of its most frequently interpreted in terms of its meaning and importance.
The Starry Night was twice owned by Theo’s widow. Following Van Gogh’s death in 1890, Theo inherited all of his brother’s works. But when he died in the fall of 1891, his wife Johanna Gezina Van Gogh -Bonger became the owner of Starry Night and scads of other paintings.
It is impossible to place a value on such a famous and treasured work of art, though other works by Van Gogh have sold for more than 80 million dollars at auction. As arguably Van Gogh’s most famous work of art, it is safe to estimate the value of Starry Night at well over 100 million dollars.
An estimated value of between 200–300 million dollars is the figure that people could expect to see if the painting was sold today.
The original starry night was kept in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Widely regarded as Van Gogh’s magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in Western art.
In Starry Night contoured forms are a means of expression and they are used to convey emotion. Many feel that van Gogh´s turbulent quest to overcome his illness is reflected in the dimness of the night sky. The village is painted with dark colors but the brightly lit windows create a sense of comfort.
The artist who created The Great Starry Night was demised not like an artist. Van Gogh simply died like a common human who was just lying under the paddy Fields and watching The Starry night over his head with an unbearable pain in the heart. When Van Gogh’s Brother Theo asked whether he was ill, van Gogh showed him a wound near his heart, explaining “I tried to kill myself.” During the night, van Gogh admitted he had set out for the wheat field where he had recently been painting. During the afternoon he had shot himself with a revolver and passed out.
Art is to console those who are broken by life. The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too…
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