Vincent Willem van Gogh
Why we love it
It is believed that the starry night represents the view that Van Gogh had from where he was staying in Saint-Remy in the madhouse, treated for depression. It represents the view from her at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. The sky with its swirling stars and color palette have made it one of the most recognizable paintings of all time.
“Rather, the painting moves you instantly, and when you look at it for the first time, the twists and turns of the artist’s brush strokes will help move your eyes throughout the painting; thus, completely captivating you. You will instantly be mesmerized by the vibrancy and fine details of the painting, and this is obviously one of the reasons the painting is considered a masterpiece.”
Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime and his art became astoundingly popular after his suicide, especially in the late 20th century, when his work sold for record-breaking sums at auctions around the world and was featured in blockbuster touring exhibitions.
The artist “where discourses on madness and creativity converge” is remembered as an important but tragic painter, in just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life, are among the world’s most expensive paintings to have ever sold, and his legacy is honoured by a museum in his name, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which holds the world’s largest collection of his paintings and drawings.