Posted by : Muhammad Khalid Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Starry Night  is a painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view outside of his sanatorium room window at Saint-Remy-de-Provence (located in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941. The painting is among Van Gogh's best-known works and marks a decisive turn towards greater imaginative freedom in his art. In September 1888, before his December breakdown that resulted in his hospitalisation in Arles, he painted Starry Night Over the Rhone. Working by night under a gas lamp, Van Gogh painted this work directly from nature. "It does me good to do what's difficult, "Van Gogh wrote, "That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word, for religion, so I go outside at night to paint the stars. In May 1889, Van Gogh decided to enter the asylum at Saint-Remy, where he stayed for the next year. His time there was very productive, although interrupted by incapacitating nervous attacks.  Source

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