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"Starry Night Over the Rhone"

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Transcript of "Starry Night Over the Rhone"

"Starry Night Over the Rhone"
Vincent van Gogh

Candle Hat
Van Gogh was a pioneer in his
own right. He was the first to paint
night landscapes using natural
light by placing candles
on the brim of his hat.
Starry Night Over The Rhone
Painted in September 1888
This was during the (Meaning & Analysis). cheerful time of Vincent van Gogh's life (Meaning & Analysis).
Complementary
Colors
Van Gogh used blue and yellow next to each
other to make each appear more brilliant.
Van Gogh often used yellow and blue because
he thought they were "happy" colors.
More Information
The painting captures:
the bank of the river Rhone
stars
gas lamps
two people
and distant biuldings
The stars' shine as equal to the gas lights (Vincent Van Gogh Facts & History).
Fun Fact
Van Gogh added people to this composition, something that he did not do in his other paintings
They add a nice and natural environmental setting (Van Gogh Facts & History).The couple are open for interpretation as either
-"two colorful figurines of lovers"
or
-a married couple


Technique of the
Painting
Thickly applied colors, creates a rhythmic
effect— "the picture seems to constantly
move in its frame" (MoMA Learning).
One of Van Gogh's early sketches of "Starry Night Over The Rhone" (Meaning & Analysis).
(Meaning & Analysis)
Crises in the Balkans
Russia threatened to occupy Bulgaria, from 1871-1914
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