Vincent van Gogh liked Wagner’s music and he even took piano lessons in Eindhoven. Sometimes he compared his paintings with music. Would he have painted Starry Night over the Rhone with Wagner’s opera on his mind?

Today 133 years ago, on 29 September 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles:

"I wouldn’t be surprised if you liked the starry night (over the Rhône, VGS) and the ploughed fields — they’re calmer than some other canvases. If the work always went like that I’d have fewer worries about money, because people would come to it more easily if the technique continued to be more harmonious. But this bloody mistral is a real nuisance for doing brushstrokes that hold together and intertwine well, with feeling, like a piece of music played with emotion.”

Ploughed fields ('The furrows’)
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
65 cm x 81 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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