An analysis of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

An analysis of Van Gogh's “Starry Night”

There is no artist in the world, who wasn’t attracted by a starry sky. Vincent van Gogh has repeatedly appealed to this romantic and mysterious object. Framework of the real world was too tight to the master. He felt that exactly his fantasy and imagination were needed for a more complete picture.

The Starry Night is an oil on canvas, which was painted in June 1889. It is known that by the period of creating the painting, the author passed a regular course of treatment. He was allowed to work only in the case of improvement his health state. The artist was deprived of the opportunity to draw on nature. Many of his works during that period, including the “Starry Night”, were created “without book”, thanks to the memory.

Strong, expressive brushstrokes, dense colors, such a complex composition – everything in this painting is designed for the perception from a distance. Amazingly, how the master of post-impressionism managed to separate the sky from the earth. One gets the impression that the motion in the sky has no effect on what is happening on the ground. The drowsy town at the bottom of the composition is ready to fall asleep peacefully. Above – powerful streams, huge stars and unceasing movement. The light comes from the stars and the moon, but its direction is indirect. Reflections, highlighting the city at night, look random, dissenting from the general mighty whirlwind, reigning over the world.

Cypress grows between the sky and the earth. The eternal, undying, it can be said it connects them. The tree is important for the author, as only it is able to convey all the power of the sky to the indwelling on the earth. The cypresses reach for the sky, their tendency is so strong that it seems – one more second and trees will part with the ground for the sake of the sky. Like spurts of green flame, centuries-old branches are rushing up.

The combination of rich blue and yellow colors, the well-known heraldic combination, creates a special atmosphere that fascinates and attracts attention to the work. Many experts interpret the symbolic meaning of the painting differently. Some tend to see a direct quotation of the Old Testament or Revelation. Some consider excessive expressiveness of painting as a result of the master’s illness. All agree on one thing – by the end of life Vincent van Gogh only increased the inner tension of his works.

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