My favorite piece of artwork is Vincent van Gogh: Starry Night. I’m not sure why but it has been my favorite piece for a number of reasons. I mean you can’t like something generally without reason. Like I was recently told, you can’t dislike something without reason. Same applies to liking something.
Starry Night for me is meaningful. I take passion and attentiveness from the painting. I also take a lot of other different things from this piece as well. The colors are calming. You aren’t feeling rage when you look at this piece, you feel calm and relaxed. I start visualizing myself in the painting. It’s night time, the moon is shining bright with a cool breeze blowing through the trees. The stars in the sky sparkling brightly as the town slowly goes to sleep around me.
I looked up some information on the painting and was quite surprised. I love learning the back story of things and the back story to this piece was rather interesting. Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889.
The aspects will be described below from http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/starryindex.html
- 1. There is the night sky filled with swirling clouds, stars ablaze with their own luminescence, and a bright crescent moon. Although the features are exaggerated, this is a scene we can all relate to, and also one that most individuals feel comfortable and at ease with. This sky keeps the viewer’s eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the onlooker involved in the painting while the other factors take hold.
- 2. Below the rolling hills of the horizon lies a small town. There is a peaceful essence flowing from the structures. Perhaps the cool dark colors and the fiery windows spark memories of our own warm childhood years filled with imagination of what exists in the night and dark starry skies. The center point of the town is the tall steeple of the church, reigning largely over the smaller buildings. This steeple casts down a sense of stability onto the town, and also creates a sense of size and seclusion.
- 3. To the left of the painting there is a massive dark structure that develops an even greater sense of size and isolation. This structure is magnificent when compared to the scale of other objects in the painting. The curving lines mirror that of the sky and create the sensation of depth in the painting. This structure also allows the viewer to interpret what it is. From a mountain to a leafy bush, the analysis of this formation is wide and full of variety.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night is indeed my favorite work of art.