The stars are big and bright at Monet & Me this week!
We will be studying Vincent Van Gogh’s famous oil painting Starry Night. Van Gogh was a poor student, struggled with bouts of volatile temperament, and only sold one painting while he was alive but now his name is one the most prevalent in the Art History realm.
Van Gogh was a minister’s son born in the Netherlands. He started painting as a young man at the age of 27. His initial paintings were dark and not well received by the public. However, once he moved to Paris his color choice became more vivid. His paintings often mimicked his feelings and mood. Throughout his life he struggled with mental illness and depression, and eventually took his own life at the young age of 37. Although Van Gogh lived a short life as a painter, he often created a painting a day. He painted almost 2,000 works of art in 10 years! While in Paris, Van Gogh began using paint directly applied from the tube, this contributed to his thick brush strokes.
Starry Night is a dramatic painting; the swirling sky and mountains create a chaotic landscape. In Fact, Starry Night painted while Van Gogh was a patient in a mental hospital. The scene was inspired by his bedroom view. While hospitalized he attached candles to the brim of his hat for illumination. Many people consider Starry Night his best work and it is certainty his most famous! Next up, Picasso.
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