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Time-lapse of van Gogh's Starry Night

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  • Self Portrait, 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh: The background reminds us of the rhythms of The Starry Night, which the portrait resembles also in the dominating bluish tone of the work. The flowing, pulsing forms of the background, schemata of sustained excitement, are not just ornament, although related to the undulant forms of the decorative art of the 1890s; they are unconfined by a fixed rhythm or pattern and are a means of intensity, rather, an overflow of the artist's feelings onto his surroundings.
  • The Life of Vincent Van Gogh and Self Portrait (1889) Explained: One of the immediate striking elements of this self portrait is the whirling, chaotic background. Some critics believe this points to Van Gogh’s psychotic mental state at the time, though the repeated curves show an element of control and a steady hand. The wavy lines of the background are echoed in the short, emphatic brushstrokes that cover Van Gogh’s face, giving it a kind of shimmering movement, continued in the wavy lines of his suit. 

  • Starry Night - MOMA: This mid-scale, oil-on-canvas painting is dominated by a moon- and star-filled night sky. It takes up three-quarters of the picture plane and appears turbulent, even agitated, with intensely swirling patterns that seem to roll across its surface like waves. It is pocked with bright orbs—including the crescent moon to the far right, and Venus, the morning star, to the left of center—surrounded by concentric circles of radiant white and yellow light.
  • Starry Night Analysis - Van Gogh's use of white and yellow creates a spiral effect and draws attention to the sky. Vertical lines such as the cypress tree and church tower softly break up the composition without retracting from the powerful night sky depicted in Starry Night.

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Life of Vincent van Gogh, a most celebrated, and certainly the most mythologized, artist in history --he was unknown and unloved in his lifetime who sold just one painting but whose work now commands record-breaking prices. His painting is more personally expressive that that produced by any other artist involved with Impressionism, a means by which his tragically short, intense and suicidally disturbed life can be chronicled while striking a universal chord which still reverberates more than a century later.

Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien saving the world has never been so ginger.

Van Gogh Worldwide is a free digital platform providing art-historical and technical data about the work of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The artist produced a total of approximately 2000 artworks, and the aim of Van Gogh Worldwide is to present data for these in an accessible way, via a user-friendly website. Explore his artwork by techniques, materials, time period, subject and more filters.  

Why did Van Gogh make so many self-portraits?

Was Vincent Lonely?

See the original doctor's note regarding Vincent van Gogh's severed ear:

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

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Gruitrooy, G 1994, Van Gogh : an appreciation of his art, Todtri, New York.

Post-Impressionism 2021. Britannica School. Retrieved 12 February 2021, from

Vincent van Gogh 2021. Britannica School. Retrieved 12 February 2021, from


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