The Starry Night painted in 1889 when Vincent van Gogh was 36 years old.
This article explains the masterpiece painted with Van Gogh's unique, almost absorbing touch.
It is said that Van Gogh painted The Starry Night after seeing the scene from the window of a mental hospital. Van Gogh lost his life the year after he painted this work.
The cypress shown on the left of the painting was planted at the hospital. For this reason, cypress are often depicted in Van Gogh's works from the year he was hospitalized at the asylum until the year of his death.
The yellow and blue used in The Starry Night skillfully express the complementary colors Van Gogh studied when he created Sunflowers.
For Van Gogh, these two colors were special. For this reason, the combination of blue and yellow often appears in Van Gogh's works.
Underneath the starry sky painted with an intense touch, there are scenes of churches and villages. Van Gogh explained the background of this painting in a letter to his brother Theo as follows.
Before the sun rose this morning, I looked out my window for a long time, saw a village with nothing but a very large morning star."
There is one point of contradiction here. Because Van Gogh was a painter who represented what he actually saw. But the village he was describing did not exist.
He suffered from a mental illness and was tormented by hallucinations. It is said that he may have seen this landscape due to mixed memories of the past. If you think about it, it is strange to see swirls in the night sky.
It is also said that he may have represented the cypress depicted from bottom to top as a bridge of death connecting heaven and earth.
Because he usually painted landscapes and people he actually saw, The Starry Night is rare and highly valued. Today, it is kept at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
He also left many works of cypresses, which also appeared in The Starry Night. Below is a work titled Road with Cypress and Star, painted in 1890. He himself said that he painted this work on the theme of suffering and perseverance.
Below is Cypresses, which was actually displayed at the Van Gogh exhibition in Japan. Perhaps Van Gogh, who knew that death was near, painted many cypresses to symbolize death.
This work also has swirls in the sky. Perhaps he painted it when he was hallucinating.
There are many other wonderful works depicting cypresses, so if you are interested, please check them out.
Other Contemporary Blue and Yellow Artworks
Here are some artworks by contemporary artists that feature the "blue" and "yellow" that Van Gogh liked to use in his works.
These days, you can easily purchase artworks online. Try visit Artsy to check them out.