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His love for nature reflects his ecstatic longing to be absolved by nature, and his descriptions of nature often refer to his experience of twilight and dawn, where the boundaries between night and day are transcended. In works where the light of the sun is depicted as a limitless and radiant source of light and warmth, the shadows are equally dark and deep. Read more at Suite101: The Golden Ratio in the Work of Vincent van Gogh | Suite101.com fransi-phillips.suite101.com...
(at that time, people suffering from epilepsy)...involves over medication with digitalis. People receiving large and repeated doses of this drug often see the world with a yellow-green tint. They complain of seeing yellow spots surrounded by coronas, much like those in “The Starry Night.” The artitists's physician, Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, may have treated van Gogh's epilepsy with digitalis, a common practice at that time.
Originally posted by HallamFoe
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 at it.
S&fedit on 22-1-2012 by HallamFoe because: (no reason given)