Vincent Van-Gogh ... The Starry Night

Good Morning,

Happy Monday, mornings are getting lighter, daffodils are everywhere, the blossom is blossoming!!! I love Spring.

Today's blog is a follow on from last week. It's a little background on 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh.

First the news from A.S.K Art & Design...


Saturday's workshop 'Beach Houses in Acrylics', was a great success. Beautiful paintings were accomplished, the painting may look simple, it is a pretty complex process.

There is still space available for the next session on Saturday 7th of May.

Saturday 26th March 1 - 4 pm £35.00

Sip Prosecco, Eat Chocolate, Paint a Hare in Watercolours

If you're stuck for a Mother's Day gift, or, just because, a lovely chilled way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Spaces available. Please call or email to make a booking.

Monday 28th March 10 am - 3 pm £60.00

Butterflies in Acrylics & Mixed Media on Canvas

Make a stylish painting of butterflies/ butterfly in acrylics and mixed media on a canvas you can take home and hang in pride of place. A chilled day painting, chatting and drinking tea/coffee... heaven.

Vincent Van Gogh

… I have had a fascination with Vincent for most of my life. Looking beyond the commerciality of his Art I was fascinated by his angst-ridden life. He has had songs written about him ( Vincent by Don McLean), films made of his life, ( Van Gogh Painted with Words, Lust for life, At Eternity’s Gate…  to name a few).

I have visited the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and have been overwhelmed by the beauty of his work.

Through my teaching career, I’ve brought his paintings into my schemes of work & planning, teaching children about the Sunflowers, his bedroom, and my favourite… The Starry Night.

The painting is in oil-on-canvas & was painted in June 1889. It depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. It is just before sunrise and he has added an imaginary village.

The painting has been at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1941.

Vincent admitted himself voluntarily into the asylum on May 8th, 1889, after a breakdown in December 1888 which resulted in mutilating his left ear.

The asylum catered for the wealthy and was in a former monastery. When he arrived at the asylum it was only half full, he occupied a room on the floor and used a ground floor room as a studio.

 During the year Van Gogh stayed at the asylum the prolific output of paintings continued.

In this period, he produced some of the best-known works of his career, including the ‘Irises’ from May 1889, which is housed in the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the ‘Blue self Portrait’ which is in the Musee d'Orsay. The Starry Night was painted mid-June by around 18 June.

 Starry Night was painted during the day in Van Gogh's ground-floor studio. The view has been identified as the one from his bedroom window, facing east.

A view which Van Gogh painted variations of no fewer than twenty-one times including The Starry Night. "Through the iron-barred window," he wrote to his brother, Theo, around 23 May 1889, "I can see an enclosed square of wheat ... above which, in the morning, I watch the sunrise in all its glory.”

Van Gogh depicted the view at different times of the day and under various weather conditions, such as the sunrise, moonrise, sunshine-filled days, overcast days, windy days, and one day with rain. While the hospital staff did not allow Van Gogh to paint in his bedroom, he was able to make sketches in ink or charcoal on paper. The one pictorial element that was not visible from Van Gogh's cell is the village which is based on a previous sketch.

Please drop a comment on your own personal views of this painting & of the artist himself.

Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful daffodils, crocuses, and blossoms.

Amina x






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