Starry Night

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Dr. Reza Kibria ::

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures

“Starry Night”, Vincent van Gogh. 1889, oil on canvas, 74x92cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was troubled by severe mental illness throughout his life, but that did not prevent him from producing some of the greatest masterpieces of Post-Impressionism. Painted from the view from the bedroom of his asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Starry Night (to which Don Maclean’s song Vincent refers in its opening line) represents one of the most popular images in modern Western culture. The swirling movement of the clouds, the early morning luminescence of the sky and serenity of the village below create a mood of peacefulness and calm.