The 'Van Gogh Museum Eye-Tracking Project’ found out that kids focus on the brightest colors and the most obvious items, whereas adults initially see the more understated features of the painting. Children’s instinctive way of looking disappears when they know more about the background of the painting.

Toddlers lack any knowledge of art. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the stories they make up when they see a Van Gogh painting? We will probably never find out how they percieve Starry Night. At least we can notice them enjoying art.

Today 132 years ago, on 19 August 1889,

postman Joseph Roulin wrote to his good friend Vincent van Gogh from Marseille:

"Marcelle is ever more beautiful, she is walking all on her own, she talks like a little Parrot. I can tell you that I spent a pleasant fortnight with them. A little one who isn’t unsociable, who gets on with everyone. If you had seen her admiring paintings, as soon as she saw a painting in houses, in the street, she talked to it.”

Augustine and Marcelle Roulin
Arles, 1888
Oil on Canvas
63,5 × 20,3 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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