Hello everyone! As my final semester has been wrapping up, so have my assigned weekly lectures. In my 19th century art history course we are wrapping up by focusing on the post-impressionist, more specifically Van Gogh. Vincent was a skilled Dutch artisan whose work portrayed his inner suffering of physical and mental health issues. He would eventually move to Paris to study and develop his painting technique. He was inspired by fellow artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Pissarro.
One of Van Gogh’s most famous and well known compositions is The Starry Night, c. 1889. This was composed in the style of post-impressionism. Van Gogh longed to express his emotions through his work and with the characteristics of post-impressionism, he was able to do just that. He created this work while he was battling his own internal suffering at Saint Paul asylum in the south of France. It was what he saw, felt and imagined through his bedroom window during this time at the asylum, that helped him create Starry Night.
The sky is made up of twisting twirling shades of blue as they make their way across the canvas. There is a crescent moon is looking over the many stars scattered across the sky. Below the sky is a rural community of peasants, whose village consists of a few homes and a church. To the left of the church is a large cypress-like tree that takes up a decent amount of the canvas. The twisting of the tree resembles a flame as it makes it way up through the sky.