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Poster "Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night"

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 Poster "Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night"

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Poster "Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night"

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Starry Night, 1888 - Oil on canvas - H. 72.5; W. 92 cm; musée d'Orsay

From the moment of his arrival in Arles, on 8 February 1888, Van Gogh was constantly preoccupied with the representation of "night effects". In April 1888, he wrote to his brother Theo: "I need a starry night with cypresses or maybe above a field of ripe wheat." In June, he confided to the painter Emile Bernard: "But when shall I ever paint the Starry Sky, this painting that keeps haunting me" and, in September, in a letter to his sister, he evoked the same subject: "Often it seems to me night is even more richly coloured than day". During the same month of September, he finally realised his obsessive project.

He first painted a corner of nocturnal sky in Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles (Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Muller). Next came this view of the Rhône in which he marvellously transcribed the colours he perceived in the dark. Blues prevail: Prussian blue, ultramarine and cobalt. The city gas lights glimmer an intense orange and are reflected in the water. The stars sparkle like gemstones.

Dimensions : 50 x 70 cm

Paris - Musée d'Orsay
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)