posted on Jan, 22 2012 @ 08:40 PM
Well, he was a heavy absinthe drinker, and absinthe at the time had hallucenogenic properties in it. which would contribute a lot to his interperation
of his subject matter.
If you compare his early work from when he lived in Neunen to the work he did in Paris, you can see a huge difference in style. I'd put it all down
to his substance abuse and mental illness.
Starry Night is a beautiful painting, but like you said the deeper you look the darker it gets. Maybe Van Gogh at the time felt like the whole world
was crashing in on him like the tidal waves you have described. The tree shaped like fire maybe subconciously symbolises his anger and resentment
about the family, friends and lover's who had rejected him over the years.
It's open for debate really. That's what I love about art, you get so much out of it. It might mean something completely different everytime you look
edit on 22-1-2012 by HallamFoe because: (no reason given)