Friday, November 21, 2008

Starry Night

Van Gogh Starry Night was painted at a critical moment. for years his art had been a batlle ground between fact and feeling,between the outer world of senses, which the impressionist painted,and the inner world of emotion, which lies behind much expressionist painting. In the Starry Night expressionist won. The having lines of hills, the flaming cypres trees, the milky way turn to comets, the exploding stars, all are swept in to one grand, swirling, universal rhythm. Of course van Gogh did not see these things this way but he painted them this way, impelled by the overhelming emotion of a man whois ecstasically aware of cosmic or devine forces. In a letter to his brother, after writing of his interest in a realistic street scene, he confessed: "that does not prevent me having a terible need of-shall I say the word- relligion. Then I go out to paint the stars............"

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