September 9, 2012
“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh
“Starry Night” was created by Vincent Van Gogh. It is one of the most popular paintings, also being one of the most replicated and sought after prints. The “Starry Night” was painted in 1889. The painting is oil on canvas and is 29 x 36 1/4". It is located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York. The painting is of the night sky, with clouds swirling, the stars shining bright, a crescent moon glowing above, a sleeping town below and of an object that catches your attention at the left of the painting. The painting draws the viewer in keeping them involved and apart of the painting. To the left of the painting, there is a large massive object. This object is isolated from everything. It grabs your attention first then takes you to the rest of the painting. This object is large when compared to other objects in the painting. The curving lines of the object moving upward towards the sky are like arms reaching out. This object also allows the viewer to interpret what it could be. From a large bush growing upward toward the sky to whatever the imagination of the viewer depicts. The sky is ablaze with bright colors of blues, whites and yellows. The clouds are swirling above, as if you can see the clouds moving with the wind. The sky keeps the viewer's eyes moving around the painting, following the swirls of the clouds to the glowing orbs of the stars to the crescent moon lighting the sky. The stars are shining like lanterns in the sky glowing so bright. The crescent moon is emitting a light to view the way to the small town below. When viewing this painting, it makes most individuals feel comfortable and at ease. This movement of the painting keeps the viewer involved. Below the rolling hills, lies a small town. There is a sense of peace flowing from the town. The town looks as if it is asleep in a moment in time. The cool dark colors of the town and the lights in the windows makes the viewer use...
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