What Is The Role Of Art In The Starry Night

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When I think about art I think about my childhood art. I think about the clay pots I formed with my thumbs in first grade. I think about the way the pack of 64 crayola crayons revolutionized the way I colored in my coloring books. I think about my 3rd grade version of Vincent van Gogh’s painting, The Starry Night, is in my mom’s bathroom. When I painted it as a eight-year-old I enjoyed the piece of art for its simplistic bright colors and the mere fact that because van Gogh used paint to create it, I also got to use paint. Now my feelings are mixed and they’ve changed. I’ve experienced more life and more feeling since I was eight-years-old and because of that, the way I look at The Starry Night is different. I believe that people see this painting …show more content…
I listen to my peers talk with passion about the way a piece of art has changed their life or enhanced it, and I think to myself ‘how?’ and ‘why don’t I feel that way?’ It frustrates me that I can’t understand my own lack of understanding. I have walked through museums of art and been numb to feeling, attracted to only things my mind could comprehend or pieces that used bright colors. I was originally attracted to The Starry Night because I remembered painting it when I was young and it gave me a happy feeling then, but now I was feeling more …show more content…
Vincent van Gogh is remembered for his everlasting artistic achievements, but he is also remembered for his insanity. In 1889, van Gogh admitted himself to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum after a tragic incident that resulted in him cutting off his left ear. Starry Night was constructed whilst he was on the road back to sanity. I think it is safe to say van Gogh released his emotions on his canvas’. I put myself in the downstairs window of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole and realized how hard it would be to paint something that gives people positive feelings when they look at it. The stars that illuminate the night sky beg us to experience them and release our emotions to them and in turn they give us hope. The thick brush strokes conflicting with each other pull our eyes in different directions that ultimately lead us to ourselves. Staring at this piece of art became a journey into

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