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Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 × 36 1/4" (73.7 × 92.1 cm). Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange). Conservation was made possible by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night has been a visitor favorite at MoMA since it first appeared in our Van Gogh retrospective in 1935 and then was acquired in 1939. To become acquainted with the heart and mind of its maker, there is no better source than his letters. Those to his brother Theo, in particular, reveal his deepest aims and convictions, and his pleasures and anxieties, especially during the last year-and-a-half of his life, working in near-isolation from an asylum in St.-Remy.

Journey into Van Gogh’s unforgettable painting during a live Q&A with Ann Temkin, MoMA’s Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and a performative reading of the extraordinary letters between the artist and his brother Theo by acclaimed actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, on Thursday, December 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET. (And if you can’t join in the live conversation, you can watch anytime after.) Get to know Van Gogh, listen to a security officer explain why she loves working next to this painting, and explore The Starry Night through other features, including an introductory video, an interactive 3D rendering, and a cosmologist’s take on the painting’s famous sky.

  • Examine a detailed 3D model of The Starry Night that gives you a close-up view of the texture of the canvas and the artist’s brushstrokes from various angles.

The conservation and presentation of the collection is made possible by Bank of America.

Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, The Contemporary Arts Council, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi Haas, the Noel and Harriette Levine Endowment, The David Rockefeller Council, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund, the Eyal and Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, the Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

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