|The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.|
I’m generally not a fan of the Impressionists or Post-Impressionists. Vincent Van Gogh is one of the exceptions.
The Starry Night was painted in 1889 during a stay in an asylum. Even though a patient, he was granted a large amount of freedom to do as he pleased, and even had a studio in which to continue his art. His metal state varied greatly during this time, and this painting was created during a period where he relapsed, the darker colors being a hallmark of that period.
Looking at Van Gogh’s body of work, it seems to me easy to tell when is was “doing well” and when he wasn’t. The dark works are almost always from times when his mental issues rose to the fore. Oddly enough, the’re the ones I find most interesting.