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  • Vincent van Gogh
    Mar 30, 1853 – Jul 29, 1890
  • Starry Night Over the Rhone - Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th century art for its vivid colors and emotional impact. He suffered from anxiety and increasingly frequent bouts of mental illness throughout his life, and died largely unknown, at the age of 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His fame grew in the years after his death
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  • 1888
    Oil on canvas
    72.5 cm (28.54 in.) x 92 cm (36.22 in.)
    Musée d'Orsay, France.

    Painting executed in the same city and in the same month, in which the Café Terrace at Night was produced, Starry Night over the Rhone captures a different view and different angle of the beautiful city cited in Paris. Rhone – that which rolls – is an important river running through Arles. Its importance and the beauty at night maybe allured the artist to illustrate it with oil on his canvas.

    Van Gogh has never tried to depict scene in their natural conditions. He always twisted the scenes and added imaginary colors and portions to the scene to get the exact impact he willed for. Adding artificial color to the image was a new idea in his time and Van Gogh used it very well in most of his works. Here, as he described in one of his letters to his brother, the depiction consists just a friction of realism while everything else is impressionism or post-impressionism which he acquire in all of his later works. The colors of the sky, water and land in foreground almost looks the same when instead the real landscape had the colors of aquamarine, royal blue and mauve respectively. It is a mark of his artistic understanding about the scene to make it more soothing to eyes. The position of the stars in the sky is formative as the stars in the middle are the members of the constellation called Ursa Major or the Great Bear as artist mentioned it in his letter. Though, in reality, by looking at the real place the Ursa Major constellation is not situated at the place artist has depicted. Maybe we can call it Artificial Displacements.

    The Rhone is sparkling with the gas-lights of the city lined in the backdrop adding some glitter to the scene. We can say that the reason to choose night for portrayal could be this special light effect as it connects and emphasizes the relation between the city and the river. The city is dependent on the river while the river feels more thriving when a city filled with auspicious people is breathing on its banks. The reflecting light on the smooth surface of the river is just a perfect symbol to depict such relation.

    Well, there is more in the picture which doesn’t catch our eyes instantly but when we see them it gives the painting a new height of meaning. There are three sailing-boats anchored near the strand with high-rising masts and two lovers at the very foreground facing towards us. These elements add an emotional touch as the couple is strolling at the beach and the sailing boats are there which can take them in the middle of the river isolating them with the real world.

    That being said, the work of art ranks among the artist’s most applauded paintings as it consists artist’s signature style of the glittering sky.

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Fishing in the Spring, Pont de Clichy
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Lilac Bush
Lilac Bush
Sunflowers 1888
Sunflowers 1888
Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies
Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies
Vincent Van GoghThe brilliant color and exuberant vitality of Dutch Post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh's paintings stand in stark contrast to his tragic, turbulent life. In 1880, after a series of failed careers, Van Gogh decided to become an artist. Lacking the resources for formal training, he acquired the necessary skills by sketching from books and prints. The artist's earliest works were scenes of peasant life, inspired by Breton and Millet. In 1886, Van Gogh traveled to Paris where he encountered the works of the Impressionists and the fashionable Japanese prints that were immensely popular in Parisian avant-garde circle.

The artist's Paris experience marked a dramatic transformation in his style and the beginning of an extremely productive period. Canvases from this period reflect a radical shift from the somber – paletted realism of his early works to vibrant expressionism. Inspired by the beauty of the area's rural landscapes, Van Gogh moved to Arles in 1888. The move coincided with the onset of the artist's struggle with mental illness and, after one particularly severe episode, he committed himself to an asylum at Saint Remy. While hospitalized Van Gogh continued to paint and it was here that one of his most compelling works, "The Starry Night" was completed.

The artist produced over one thousand works during the ten short years he devoted to painting. He sold only one painting prior to his tragic death, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.