7 Fascinating Facts about Van Gogh’s The Starry Night

The Starry Night created by Dutch Impressionist Vincent van Gogh is one of the most renowned and beloved artwork in the world. The painting shows attractive swirls, addictive composition, vibrant color palette and these exemplary and fascinating qualities offer a lot of mysteries to talk about.

  1. Van Gogh’s View from an Asylum.

In winter of 1888, van Gogh experienced a mental breakdown and admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum which is near to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The place offered him the reference for his painting. According to one of his letters to his brother Theo, one morning he saw through the window the country before the sunrise and saw a huge morning star.

  1. The Village was more Imaginative than Realistic

Van Gogh more likely imagined a village view and not exactly the exact view of Saint-Rémy from his window. Art historians don’t have the same belief on whether the village depicted in The Starry Night is based on his sketches of the French town or perhaps inspired by the Netherlands, his country.

  1. The Starry Night has something to do with Mortality.

In the painting, you can see dark spire on the ground, cypress trees, which are usually associated to death and grave. In one of van Gogh quotes, he said, “Just as we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star.”

  1. This wasn’t Van Gogh’s first and original Starry Night.

The famous painting that we can see now was painted in the year 1889. However, a year before it was painted, van Gogh has painted first a painting known as Starry Night Over The Rhone which is claimed the first version of The Starry Night. Van Gogh’s extraordinary interest with captivating the lights from the night sky after he arrived in Arles, France in 1888 created his first idea on the first Starry Night painting.

  1. Van Gogh thought that The Starry Night was a failure.

Examining all his artworks, he mentioned his dissatisfaction with the rest of his works in his letter to his brother. He mentioned his artwork’s name from Wheatfield, the Orchard to the Olive Trees and the rest are not valuable to him.

  1. Van Gogh unknowingly painted Venus.

According to Albert Boime, an art historian, Starry Night is like a planetarium that shows the image of the night sky way back to June 19, 1889. And it turned out that according to his letter to his brother, van Gogh’s morning star was actually the planet Venus.

  1. Van Gogh Sold only one or two paintings in his life and The Starry Night was not one of it.

Before van Gogh’s mental breakdown, he sold The Red Vineyard at Arles made in November of 1888. The buyer of the painting was Anna Boch, a Belgian artist and collector, for 400 francs at the 1890 Les XX exhibition. You can find this painting today, displayed at the Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. His second sold painting was said to be one of his self-portraits purchased by a London art dealer.



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