The Supernatural Grasp of “Starry Night”

Understanding the cosmic mystery is a worthy goal. The complexities of this incessant Universe never fails to enthrall me into its web of extensiveness. Once the realization of its enormity finally hits you, it over powers your thinking, your general outlook of life and it’s miniscule problems. Vincent Van Gogh was no different. Even he couldn’t escape the supernatural grasp of the Universe and its enormity. And thank God for that. For it is because of this mystical force the world got it’s Starry Night.

Among all the interpretations of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, I love the one that depicts hope. The light in the windows and the shining stars filling up the dark night sky, give you a subtle reminder that no matter what, there is always light to guide you. It seems as if Van Gogh was being cured of his long term illness and was aware that even after his death he would finally be at a place of eternal hope and peace.

In a letter to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh comments: “I should not be surprised if you liked the Starry Night and the Ploughed Fields, there is a greater quiet about them than in the other canvases.

His story makes us look at his art differently. Vincent inspires us because he turned pain and struggle into beauty. He took us to a place where he portrayed the sky, not how it is, but how he felt it. Maybe that’s why people gravitate towards Vincent’s art.

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