Art Day 3: Vincent Van Gogh

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“Starry Night” is by Vincent Van Gogh and it was painted in 1889 which is one year before his death in 1890. This was actually the view from his bedroom window while he stayed at an asylum in St. Remy France.

When he painted the image of the night sky with stars sparkling in the moonlight, you can count 11 of them. This was influenced by Genesis 37:9 reads, “…Behold, I have dreamed a dream more, and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.”  It is believed that the Van Gogh Starry Night is derived from this religious inspiration, which could very well be true because of the number of stars in the painting.

In a letter to his brother, Theo, van Gogh comments: “I should not be surprised if you liked the Starry Night and the Ploughed Fields, there is a greater quiet…

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