Van Gogh’s Starry Night – the Miracle in Arles:
The museum is located in Amsterdam. It displays more than 1200 of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous paintings. The Van Gogh Museum, as it is commonly known, is the largest collection of his paintings and drawings in the world. There are also many letters written by Van Gogh, as well as photographs and other original documents about his life. Most people know Van Gogh for his famous painting Starry Night. But did you know there are many different versions of this painting?
In the 150 years since Van Gogh painted this work, it has become a defining icon of his artistic legacy. It is one of the most frequently cited and recognizable paintings in the art world today.
The painting depicts the view outside of Van Gogh’s room in Arles, France, at night; it was painted when Van Gogh was living in what he considered to be one of the most important periods of his life. Despite being one of his most celebrated works, there is some mystery surrounding its painting.
Towards the end of 1888, Van Gogh moved to Arles in Provence. He had hoped that this move would help him to establish himself as an artist, and many critics agree that he reached a high point in both his artistic and personal development during this time. Shortly after he arrived in Arles, however, he wrote to his brother Theo: “I wouldn’t care if I knew that I would go mad—it is my one desire.” He seemed acutely aware of his failing mental health at this time: “My head is like a madman’s…I am afraid that my mind will give way altogether.”
In February 1889, he wrote: “I should be able to do something with color… but my hand will
The Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, a man with a unique and highly personal style, initiated this painting in the autumn of 1888. The Arles-born artist moved to Saint-Rémy also in the same year, where he was admitted to the psychiatric hospital.
The use of color is typical of Van Gogh’s style. The pale yellow-green hues create an atmosphere of light and freshness, while at the same time conveying a mood of melancholy. The village depicted in the background is Arles itself.
Light flowing in from the right half-illuminates the sky; above it we can see two stars just as they were on that June evening. Van Gogh used a pointillist technique consisting of dots of pure color placed next to one another. This technique creates a radiant glow and simultaneously suggests depth by means of color contrast.
Some people regard this work as Van Gogh’s best masterpiece, but we can never know for sure whether he would have considered it his best work or not because he did not live long enough to realize that it was his best work or not.
There’s a lot to see at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam but the artworks take center stage. However, the museum itself is an attraction and it is worth visiting even if you can’t make it to the Rijksmuseum or Anne Frank House.
Van Gogh Museum’s collection of the works of Vincent van Gogh and his friends is displayed in a modern building that resembles a glass cube. The building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld who also designed the Dutch National Opera House and went on to influence modern architecture worldwide.
Towering over the museum is The Avenue which holds 56 sculptures of artists from all over the world.* [http://www.artbaselmiamibeach.com/artists/adam-brumberg/]**
Arles, a city in southern France, is the place where Van Gogh painted his most famous masterpieces. It was here that he found his new style of painting, and the subject matter he would go on to paint in throughout his life.
The museum is housed in a beautiful building, with one of the loveliest gardens I have ever seen. The museum holds many works by Van Gogh and other impressionists, including Pissarro, Camille Pissaro, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas. It was founded in 1938 and opened to the public in 1947.
THe first floor has an interesting collection of exhibits from the Impressionist period. The second floor is devoted to Van Gogh’s works. One room houses a collection of Japanese prints that influenced him greatly.
The third floor is for temporary exhibitions, though none are scheduled at this time. The fourth floor has a small gift shop and a cafe which provides excellent food and a wonderful view of the garden from its terrace.
The Starry Night is among the best-known works of the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. The painting was completed in June, 1889 and depicts the view outside of Van Gogh’s sanitarium window at the asylum in Saint Remy de Provence, France.
Taken from the book “Van Gogh The Complete Works” by Thames & Hudson.
After his mental breakdown and suicide attempt of December 1888, Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on May 8, 1889. He had decided to use the output of this time in the asylum to create a new set of works. The works would be inspired by his own experience and memories and interpretations of his paintings. In addition, he wanted to experiment with color, something which he felt had informed his work up until that point.
Other than using the facility’s chapel for religious reasons, Van Gogh also invited his physician Dr. Gachet and a local priest named Pere Henri Tanguy to visit him in the asylum. Both men brought books that included still life images of flowers, which he then used when creating still life oil paintings. Both Gachet and Tanguy documented Van Gogh’s life in Saint-Remy in written correspondence during their respective stays at the asylum. Their letters provide insight into what Van Gogh was doing during this time period (Gogh entered Saint-Paul Asylum on May 8, 1889 and stayed there until May 16).
Van Gogh was highly productive during his stay at the asylum. He completed around 100 drawings while there, mostly depicting flowering