The Starry Night is literally what he saw from his room's window as well as what he saw when he walked in the countryside near the asylum. It is recorded in one of Van Gogh's letters to Theo his brother, that he saw the country from his window prior to dawn and observed a large looking star.
“This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big,” wrote van Gogh to his brother Theo, describing his inspiration for one of his best-known paintings, The Starry Night (1889).
Detail of: Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889. Van Gogh's rolling night sky full of bright stars is probably one of the world's most famous artworks. The Starry Night's home is at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Starry Night original painting by Vincent van Gogh, painted in 1889, is estimated to be worth over $100 million. However, this painting is one of van Gogh's masterpieces and it can also be argued that there cannot be a price for it – it is priceless.
It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. Widely regarded as Van Gogh's magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in Western art.
He cut off a part of his ear on October 23, 1888, when he was suffering from a mental breakdown.
Starry Night series
Van Gogh made no less than 21 variations of the Starry Night under different light conditions and weather, just because he wasn't completely satisfied with the final output.
Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear when tempers flared with Paul Gauguin, the artist with whom he had been working for a while in Arles. Van Gogh's illness revealed itself: he began to hallucinate and suffered attacks in which he lost consciousness. During one of these attacks, he used the knife.
Van Gogh was seeking respite from plaguing depression at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy in southern France when he painted The Starry Night. It reflects his direct observations of his view of the countryside from his window as well as the memories and emotions this view evoked in him.
$1 billion—Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (1889)
On December 23, 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France. He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.
Vincent van Gogh's fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits.
The sunflower paintings had a special significance for Van Gogh: they communicated 'gratitude', he wrote. He hung the first two in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin, who came to live with him for a while in the Yellow House.
Van Gogh painted The Starry Night during his 12-month stay at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, several months after suffering a breakdown in which he severed a part of his own ear with a razor.
Van Gogh made famous a stylized cypress tree in “Starry Night,” appearing in a prominent position, implying death and eventual suicide on Van Gogh's part. But the cypress in “Starry Night” also signifies longevity.
The National Museum in Oslo holds one of the world's most important collections of paintings by Edvard Munch, including such iconic works as "The Scream". These works become available for the public when the new National Museum opens on 11 June, 2022.
This work was created fairly early in Picasso's career, during what would come to be known as his blue period. At this time Picasso was living in poverty and struggling to survive as an artist.
He never married or had children.
Van Gogh was unlucky in love. In the early 1880s, when he was starting out as an artist and living with his parents in the Netherlands, he fell in love with his widowed cousin, Kee Vos-Stricker.
Many inaccurately confuse Beethoven with painter Van Gogh and think that Beethoven cut off his own ear. That is not true, Beethoven did not cut his ear, but Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh did.
According to popular lore, van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire life. This oft-repeated tale was challenged more than 30 years ago, but it still goes on. In fact, van Gogh sold at least two paintings in his lifetime, and some drawings as well.