Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh

Part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art is "THe Starry Night" (1889; Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4") by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
From the gallery caption:
"This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise," the artist wrote to his brother Theo, "with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big." Rooted in imagination and memory, The Starry Night embodies an inner, subjective expression of van Gogh's response to nature. In thick sweeping brushstrokes, a flamelike cypress unites the churning sky and the quiet village below. The village was partly invented, and the church spire evokes van Gogh's native land, the Netherlands.

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