The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh
The Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism,  1853-1890): The Starry Night, (De Sterrennacht); June 1889. Created in Saint-Rémy, France. Oil on canvas,  29 x 36-1/4 inches (73.7 x 92.1 cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA.

"One of the most beautiful things by the painters of this century has been the painting of Darkness that is still COLOR." (Vincent van Gogh, April 1885, letter to Theo) 

"It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day ..." (Vincent van Gogh, 1889, letter to Theo)

'It seems that van Gogh never dreamed his paintings would become such fixed stars in the art firmament. In 1890, less than two months before he ended his life with a pistol shot, he wrote to a Paris newspaper critic who had praised his work, "It is absolutely certain that I shall never do important things." He was then 37 years old, had been painting for less than ten years and had sold next to nothing. In his last letter to Theo, found on the artist at his death, he had written: "Well, my own work, I am risking my life for it, and my reason has half foundered because of it."’ (By Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian magazine, January 2009)

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