Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh has risen to the peak of artistic achievements. Although Van Gogh sold only one painting in his life, the aftermath of his work is enormous. Starry Night is one of the most well known images in modern culture as well as being one of the most replicated and sought after prints. From Don McLean's song 'Starry, Starry Night' (Based on the Painting), to the endless number of merchandise products sporting this image, it is nearly impossible to shy away from this amazing painting.

One may begin to ask what features within the painting are responsible for its ever

growing popularity. There are actually several main aspects that intrigue those who view this image, and each factor affects each individual differently. The aspects will be described below:

•1. There is the night sky filled with swirling clouds, stars ablaze with their own luminescence, and a bright crescent moon. Although the features are exaggerated, this is a scene we can all relate to, and also one that most individuals feel comfortable and at ease with. This sky keeps the viewer's eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the onlooker involved in the painting while the other factors take hold.

•2. Below the rolling hills of the horizon lies a small town. There is a peaceful essence flowing from the structures. Perhaps the cool dark colors and the fiery windows spark memories of our own warm childhood years filled with imagination of what exists in the night and dark starry skies. The center point of the town is the tall steeple of the church, reigning largely over the smaller buildings. This steeple casts down a sense of stability onto the town, and also creates a sense of size and seclusion.

•3. To the left of the painting there is a massive dark structure that develops an even greater sense of size and isolation. This structure is magnificent when compared to the scale of other objects in the painting. The curving lines mirror that of the sky and create the sensation of depth in the painting. This structure also allows the viewer to interpret what it is. From a mountain to a leafy bush, the analysis of this formation is wide and full of variety.

Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889.

During Van Gogh's younger years (1876-1880) he wanted to dedicate his life to evangelization of those in poverty. Many believe that this religious endeavor may be reflected in the eleven stars of the painting. In Genesis 37:9 the following statement is made:

"And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me."

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  1. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon sazangnim 2009.12.06 16:43 신고

    고흐가 자기 그림이 수천억씩에 팔린다는걸 알면 얼마나 놀랄까요...

  2. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 한줌 2009.12.06 23:00 신고

    와. 직접 쓴 글인가요, 긁어온 글인가요. 어험. --;

  3. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 가슴뛰는삶 2009.12.07 01:19 신고

    이 그림 정말 좋아하는 그림입니다. 아...이 깊은 겨울밤 왠지 별들이 쏟아져 내릴 것만 같습니다. 그리고 음악을 들으니 눈물도 한줄기 흘러 내릴 것만 같습니다.

  4. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 댐쟁이 2009.12.07 10:01 신고

    15년만에 영한 사전을 보고있는......쿨럭 -^^-

  5. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 자아실현의원동력 2009.12.07 13:10 신고

    꼬부랗고 색깔 있는게 그림이고..
    꼬부랗고 색깔 엄는게 글자맞죠?? ㅡ.,ㅡ

  6. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 친절한민수씨 2009.12.08 13:10 신고

    그림 멋지네요...
    근데 해석좀...ㅋ

  7. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon PLUSTWO 2009.12.08 14:55 신고

    저도 이분 그림 너므나 좋아합니다...ㅎㅎ

  8. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 하꾸 2009.12.08 22:56 신고

    그림도 그림, 영어도 그림, 그림 하나 보고가는듯한...이...,

  9. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 암행 2009.12.09 09:14

    창세기 37장 9절 말씀이 NIV와는 조금 다르군요~ 얼레...하며 찾아봤습니다. ㅎㅎ
    그림 하나에도, 음악 하나에도 작가는 표현하고 싶은게 다 있는데 말이지요.

    마기님은 인생을 뭘로 표현하고 계신가요? ^^

  10. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon 미미씨 2009.12.10 01:37 신고

    고흐는 제일 좋아하는 화가에요.
    그의 삶이 남얘기 같지 않았달까요. 하하;;
    여전히 우울한, 그리고 피곤한 밤이네요.
    마기님이 써놓은 저 영문글을 마구마구 해석해서 쏼랄라 읽을 수 있었으면 좋겠네요. ㅠㅠ
    오랜만에 들렀다 갑니다.
    다른덴 안가고 여기만 잠깐와서 궁상떠는중...-_-;;;

  11. addr | edit/del | reply BlogIcon maximus. 2009.12.11 20:24 신고

    죽는날까지 생활비걱정을 했었지만
    이런 작품들을 만들었다는건 정말 대단한듯 합니다

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