The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh

One of the eleven yellow stars (detail) that illuminate the painting in contrast to the cool blue, fluid, swirling night. It is often interpreted as a religious piece depicting the story from the Book of Genesis where Joseph has a dream of eleven stars, the sun and the moon which appear to be merged together here. Van Gogh painted this piece by heart while he was in the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy, in southern France seeking treatment in a mental asylum.

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889, oil on canvas, 73,7 x 92,1 cm)