Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Starry Night, Van Gogh

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is one of his most famous works and the last one that he completed. The scene is easily identified as the view from the window of Van Gogh's room at the Asylum at Saint Remy. It contains the town below, nestled between the hills, and the night sky radiating with light above it all. Van Gogh has done something really interesting with his view of the stars. While they don't appear like the true version of stars that we see here on earth, he has portrayed them as what they truly are, swirling orbs of burning gases. Their intensity is alluring as are the visible currents of the wind. Even the crescent moon shows the rest of the moon, not completely lost in the darkness of night, but simply shining a tad bit less bright than the crescent shape. 

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