Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. Saint Rémy, June 1889

Vincent van Gogh The Starry Night Saint Rémy, June 1889

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor 5, Collection Galleries

"This morning I saw the country from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big," van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, from France. 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 flamelike cypress unites the churning sky and the quiet village below. The village was partly invented, and the church spire evokes van Gogh's native land, the Netherlands.

Gallery label from 2011
Oil on canvas
29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange)
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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