The Starry Night Vincent Van Gogh Analysis

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About the Work

The title of this piece is The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, completed in 1889. Van Gogh created this piece inside the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum. The Starry Night is an Oil on Canvas and currently located in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
From the Work Line The basic building block for this painting is lines. When looking closely, small lines making one big shape/movement bring each part of the piece together. The measure of the line is small and swift, allowing for the small image to become a part of a big image. The viewer uses implied lines to complete the movement of the stars in the sky as the illusion of wind moving throughout the sky. With the use of small lines in the sky, the perception of depth is created. Light and Value Van Gough uses light colors against dark colors to emphasize the high value contrast in the painting. The variation of light colors and dark colors also composes a very wholesome value pattern in the piece. Value pattern is also apparent with the variation of light colors with dark colors. The light in this painting allows for the viewers to see the shapes, patterns and textures van Gogh intended.

Shape, Volume, and Mass The shapes in this piece are very well thought out and apparent. The viewer can observe the stars, the village and other major aspects of the art by the definite shape given by van Gogh. The actual volume of the painting is a mere 2.5 feet by 3 feet. This painting also has
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