How then did Starry Night become so famous?

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Starry Night, one of Van Gogh’s masterpieces has hung in the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1941. It has become an iconic image for the western world, Van Gogh though thought otherwise. Painting partly from memory Van Gogh had committed himself to a the Saint Paul mental asylum after his breakdown, and the cutting off of part of his ear. The painting was done in the day time, in his studio in the ground level of the asylum. It depicts the view from his bedroom on the first floor, at night. It also has a village that was added in, that Van Gogh felt the painting needed, and the swirls in the night sky are an abstracted idea of the sky, something van Gogh had begun to experiment with when working and living with Paul Gauguin. Starry Night, a failure “This morning I saw the country from my...

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The most expensive Van Gogh painting

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Surprisingly, Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers , Blossoming Almond Tree , any one of the self-portraits , Irises , Wheat Field With Crows , neither one are the most expensive Van Gogh. Instead selling in 1990 for $86 million to a Japanese businessman with a penchant for fine art, and with an adjusted price now of $152 million is Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet . It is the seventh most expensive painting in the world. Modern portrait The art work was painted in 1890, just a few months before Van Gogh’s death. Van Gogh stayed with Dr. Gachet on a couple of occasions, originally introduced to him by his brother Theo, who urged him to spend time with the doctor as he had treated and was friendly with other artists of the time. Van Gogh’s initial assessment of the doctor was not so...

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Van Gogh on Film

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In the third film to date to feature Van Gogh, Robert Altman directed, Vincent and Theo, filmed in 1990 on location in The Netherlands and France. It was originally meant to be a four part mini-series for the BBC, but Altman and his writer were able to pair the film back so it may stand alone as a fiction film. Parallel stories Tim Roth plays Van Gogh, or perhaps we should say embodies him, for this is a thorough performance. The film focuses on Van Gogh’s struggle to paint and feel appreciated, as well as the parallel story of Theo, living a much more affluent life working for a gallery in Paris , but also struggling with his own existential and health-related problems, he suffered for many years and eventually died of syphilis. Through it all the brothers have a need for one another that runs deep, and...

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Van Gogh and Japanese influence

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In the mid to late 1800s Japanese art became very popular in Europe. This was primarily through their paintings and wood block prints that found their way into European culture, after Japan re-opened trade with the west. This influenced writers and artists alike, perhaps none more so than Van Gogh. The bright contrasting colours, bold outlines, elegant and simple lines, and flat-ness, all became huge elements of Van Gogh’s style. It’s all about perspective Perspective had been a huge problem for Van Gogh. He used to tape perspective markers, starting in the centre and then working out to the edges, on to the canvas he was painting to keep it as true as he could. There was a pressure to paint in a realistic way, even though obviously Van Gogh’s style and philosophy was not interested in realism,...

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The mystery of Vincent van Gogh’s last painting

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It’s long been thought that Wheat Field with Crows was Vincent van Gogh’s last painting. This could be because of the neat way it fits into the Van Gogh story and his narrative of falling deep into a depression that pushed him to suicide. The art work is full of loneliness and intensity, a dark and brooding sky with a path that is cut off, and crows flying toward or away from the viewer, it is hard to tell. The elements at play in this painting seem to point toward the end for Van Gogh and has been both used in the films Lust for Life and Vincent and Theo as his last painting for dramatic effect. The Fields The painting then that experts believe to be his last is The Fields . It hung in his room as he died, suffering from gunshot wounds, with Theo by his side. And was auctioned for sale some eight...

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