Oct 5, 2011

Picture of the Day: Imagining Van Gogh's Starry Night

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IMAGINING VAN GOGH’S STARRY NIGHT

 


Artwork by ALEX RUIZ

 

Artist’s Description:

I’ve often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted ‘Starry Night.’

This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky…probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it’s well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled.

I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it. [Source]

While this artwork is absolutely fantastic, it is not entirely accurate, as it is known that Van Gogh actually painted ‘Starry Night’ while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889. [Source 1 & 2]

 

Prints of this beautiful digital artwork are available at Alex’s page on Fine Art America

 

 

via Alex Ruiz on deviantART

 

 

 

 

 

 

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