Thesis: Vincent van Gogh took a risk, painted an enormous artistic achievement, and creating for us a sort of balance when viewing Starry Night. For most of my life particularly in the night the sky opens me up to the universe beyond. Van Gogh must of felt the same way as he captured resplendent color, a tree, and a town like no one else before.
Vincent van Gogh moved to Arles where he spent much of his time living there out side painting objects or landscape but not many people. On a letter Van Gogh admits to Theo Van Gogh that he was particularly becoming interested in trees -specifically cypresses. Admitting how amazed it all was to him that, no one had ever captured them before like the way he vision their line and proportion. (P50 Crispino) On the painting the cypress tree is located on the left side of the canvas -tall and dark. Most likely Italian cypress that can be found also in France, and now in so many parts of the United States, a tree that can grow up to 50 feet in height. (2020-Site) The cypress is dark and distinctive it creates a sense of wonder of why its there and why is it painted up at the front? Also the cypress brings ones attention to the church tower. Being that his father was a Dutch minister Vincent van Gogh influence of religion was reflected when he painted the church in the town to stand out emphasizing his beliefs (Murray). When I turned portrait on its left side up the tall church tower and cypress compared to the brilliant crescent moon and stars makes the painting seem equally balanced.
Vincent van Gogh captured a night in a city where clouds form swirls the wind blows and the stars are shinning. Attractive as the painting is was actually in a mental hospital in France where he was occasionally allowed taking a canvas and paints to paint his subject. (P50 Crispino) Behind the architecture one can see the use of light yellow and blues of the mountains foreshortening distorted. Up at front are tall jagged... [continues]
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