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Starry Night…..Prelude to a carving..Homage…

The Meaning Of Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night
The painting by Vincent Van Gogh of the Starry Night has been duplicated time and time again by artists all over the world. It is one of the most recognizable pieces of art and is available in posters and many other forms in people’s homes. The Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night has a significant meaning because of where Van Gogh was when he painted the picture as well as his hopes and dreams prior.

When Van Gogh was younger, he was thinking about dedicating his life to those living in poverty through evangelization. This religious undertaking helped him to create the Starry Night painting that everyone knows today. He was in an asylum in 1889 when he painted the image of the night sky with stars sparkling in the moonlight. Count the stars and there will be 11 of them.

Genesis 37:9 reads, “…Behold, I have dreamed a dream more, and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” It is believed that the Van Gogh Starry Night is derived from this religious inspiration, which could very well be true because of the number of stars in the painting.

There are a significant amount of aspects to the Starry Night that attracts people to the painting beyond the bright colors of blue and yellow. The features are very exaggerated. Each of the stars has its own orb around them, helping people to view the movement as if Van Gogh was in a daydream when he wrote it. It could also have been part of his hallucinations and delusions, part of which makes the Starry Night such a significantly important piece in the art world.

The night sky and the crescent moon puts a person at ease, which, given where the Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night was created, an asylum, it reasons to believe that Van Gogh painted this in order to put his mind at rest for a little while.

When the stars are followed down into the rolling hills of the horizon, this demonstrates the world that Vincent Van Gogh left behind when he entered into the asylum. The windows of the buildings are reminiscent of the homes he lived in as a child and there is a steeple of a church that was included in the Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night as a way of remembering how he had wanted to dedicate his life to religious actions.

A deeper look at the Starry Night and one can see that there is a very large structure in the darkness on the left. This is often thought to mean how Van Gogh felt isolated from the rest of the world. This was his view of life in general and could speak a lot about his peace of mind when he painted this image. He had admitted himself into Saint Remy, however he still felt very isolated from the world. Most of his work during this time was of the asylum itself as well as the world outside of the asylum, usually at night.

The meaning of Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night has a lot to do with his mental state at the time that it was painted. Everyone views it as bright and uplifting, however when broken down piece by piece, it is often viewed as an ill man who is trying to have one last piece of contact with the outside world as he remembers it.


6 comments on “Starry Night…..Prelude to a carving..Homage…

  1. tipsyartist
    April 18, 2013

    Really cool!

  2. billlattpa
    May 8, 2013

    Great post, and also my favorite painting of all time bar none.

      May 8, 2013

      Thanks man, its one of the paintings I was attracted to in my youth when I knew nothing about it. Something I was always drawn to ,like a moth to a flame. I suppose in some way we all can relate on some level.

      • billlattpa
        May 8, 2013

        I don’t know much about Van Gogh aside from the typical bio you can find in an encyclopedia. Yet, this painting always meant something to me. I never considered that he may have been depressed when he painted it because it always seemed to be an optimistic painting to me. As you can see I don’t know much about art. When it comes down to it I just think of it as a beautiful painting of a starry sky.

        May 8, 2013

        For me if I had a normal job in an office instead of out in the field and if I was lucky enough to have a window in that office I might too feel like Van Gogh imprisoned….haaaaaa though a job in an office is highly unlikely for a guy with my educational background….at least not one with a window……..

      • billlattpa
        May 8, 2013

        You never know, I worked in an industrial facility for 10 years and as a field electrician for 4 years after that. I work in an office now. Not that it’s perfect, but I do like my coworkers and the hours.

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