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23-03-2016

Discover The True Meaning Behind Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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Vincent Van Gogh painted the famous Starry Night just one year before his death in 1889. This isn’t the only one of his great works, but it’s still one of the most important in the history of art. Many different interpretations have come out since this famous landscape painting was identified. While Starry Night is still one of the best known art pieces from the Dutch painter, most people can’t explain the meaning behind the painting. Some painting analysts will tell you that Van Gogh was a well-known impressionist who suffered from mental illness throughout his life. Whilst he was in a mental hospital, he painted Starry Night. The landscape in the painting stems from the view from his window. Means of expression are used to convey emotion, which can directly relate to Van Gogh’s determination to overcome his illness. Some interpreters say that the peaceful village in the painting symbolises unity, whereas the church steeple gives an impression of isolation.
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The artist’s choice of colours has been much debated, especially the strong presence of yellow, which some say may be due to Van Gogh suffering from lead poisoning. He also uses white and yellow as a combination to create a spiral effect in order to draw attention to the sky. His choice of dark blue and green shows the reflection of the moon, and the buildings in the centre consist of green, orange, and yellow colours. In fact, you can clearly see the balance between the colour blue and orange. These rich colours correspond with the true character of the painting as they suggest emotion. But is there more to this painting than meets the eye? Does Van Gogh’s mental illness directly contribute to the meaning of Starry night? Find out more on the next page.
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