Running Head: ART MUSEUMS
Starry Night over the Rhone is a painting done by Van Gogh in 1888. Done on a 24*18in
canvas, the artist used oil to showcase the beauty of starry nights such that a viewer marvels at
the sight to behold. The reflection of gas lightings across the blue waters of river Rhone depict
the skills and style of Van Gogh who loved to paint in the night. Starry night over the Rhone
brings out the stars glowing luminously, shinning from the dark blue nightly sky.
I choose this work because its name invokes an image that many people relate to, I
included. The painting holds a warm, inviting, feeling that make one marvel at the wonders of
nature. The artist chooses not to concentrate on sunlit orchards and human beings, but instead, he
brings out the beauty of the night; by capturing the wonders, he found in mundane views (Shabi,
2013). This magnificent work of art shows us how amazing the world is. The thick brush strokes
that van Gogh used in the painting are described as Ferocious Impasto by critic Georges
Lecomte. The texture and style make a good case study for art.
This piece and The Starry Night by Edvard Munch have much in common as they feature
a pair of lovers and a night sky, but their styles differ. I see that van Gogh used contemporary
colors to suggest the harshness in ...