"This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise," the artist wrote to his brother Theo, "with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big." Rooted in imagination and memory, The Starry Night embodies an inner, subjective expression of Van Gogh's response to nature. In thick sweeping brushstrokes, a flame-like cypress unites the churning sky and the quiet village below.
Who can believe this masterpiece was painted by a patient being kept under the custody a psychiatric hospital? Yes, indeed, it is a painting of Vincent Van Gogh’s bizarre mind during that time. The year before he painted the piece, he got into a major fight with his most trusted friend, Gaugin and as the argument heated **, Vincent lose control of his better thinking that even led to his cutting his own ear!
The depression he suffered finally sent him into the psychiatric hospital and it is during his stay in the ward that Van Gogh come ** with this amazing masterpiece that would throw almost every of its beholders into pondering.
With a close look at the painting, we saw the night sky filled with swirling clouds, stars ablaze with their own luminescence, and a bright crescent moon. Although the features are exaggerated and presented in a bizarre fashion, we still feel close to the scene depicted and can make our own connections with times in life when we face ** and caught overwhelmed by the mysterious starry night sky. A peaceful and easy mind would wrap ** the viewers and give them a comfortable yet unspoken sense of mystery. The curves of the clouds and the dot-like stars actively involve the views and keep their eyes engaging with the visual movement represented in the picture. Following the order of left to right and top to bottom, viewers come to see the small town lying below the rolling hills of the horizon after exclaiming at the stars and the moon. Flowing from the structure is again a peaceful essence which is perhaps inspired by the cool dark colors and the lights leaking out from some of the houses. The most eye-catching image in the town would be 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. To the left of the church, there stands a massive dark structure that greatly dwarfs the church which stands out among the buildings in the town. This structure is simply magnificent compared to the scale of all other objects in the painting. With no obvious answer to its identity, viewers are allowed to weld their own imagination and interpret it in the way they themselves prefer.
All in all, this is Van Gogh’s perfect representation of a night perceived in his much troubled mind. He has made an outstanding feat in using colors and strokes to interpret the thoughts that are going through his head at that time. It appears that almost each stroke of brush of the Starry Night has a story to tell and through those strokes we come to get a peek at the complicated thoughts that challenged this man when he was trying to escape from the sinister world where he felt so little recognition and senses of warmth.