Essay on Van Gogh Starry Night

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Brilliance of Van Gough’s Work The Starry Night
Vincent Van Gough is one of the most well known artists of all time, and one of his most popular paintings, The Starry Night, is an expression of his mystical vision. Vincent Willem Van Gogh was born in The Netherlands in 1853, he was a mentally plagued man but in his times of clarity produced works of art that to this day continue to astound people (Frank P.375). The Starry Night is oil on canvas landscape painting that Van Gough painted while in a mental Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889 (Webmuseum). The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world and Van Gough’s techniques used in this work of art have elements and principles of design that made it renowned, famous
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I think the cypress tree shows how Van Gough was tormented by his mental illness and that his only escape to the stars that he admired was death. The way the stars were emphasized show admiration to them and he did a brilliant job of capturing and accentuating their beauty. The town could symbolize Van Gough being trapped in this sleepy and calm world when he actually is a trapped and tormented soul. “The Starry Night tends to reinforce a sense of the artist’s isolation … and … seems to say that, for the artist, life is elsewhere” (Genocchio). As he longs to be free, death is the only escape through the cypress tree to reach the heavenly bodies in the vast night sky. Works Cited
Frank, Patrick, and Duane Preble. Prebles' Artforms: an Introduction to the Visual Arts. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson /Prentice Hall, 2009. Print.
Genocchio, Benjamin. "Art Review - Van Gogh in Moods, Both Dark and Light." The New York Times. 13 July 2008. Web. 04 July 2011.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 35. Web 02 July 2011.
Van Gough, Vincent. The Starry Night. 1889. Muesum of Modern Art, New York. Page 375. Frank, Patrick, and Duane Preble. Prebles' Artforms: an Introduction to the Visual Arts. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson /Prentice Hall, 2009. Print. "WebMuseum: Gogh, Vincent Van: The Starry Night." Ibiblio -

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