Symbolism and Mental Illness: A Formal Art Analysis of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”


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Symbolism and Mental Illness: A Formal Art Analysis of
Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
This formal art analysis will analyze the painting “Starry Night” (1889) by the artist Vincent Van Gogh, which was found at the Web Gallery via the website. The meaning of the painting describes the feverish intensity of Van Gogh’s mind while he was nearing the end of life. The intensity of the stars in the night and the magnification of the heavens reflect the growing erratic nature of his life, which would end in madness. The colors, line, and composition of the painting also reveal a symbolic reference to the religious allusions of the van Gogh’s use of eleven stars via the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. This religious fervor was believed...
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..... in the symbolic representation of eleven stars found Joseph’s Old Testament creation story. These are some of the personal and symbolic aspects of this painting, which define Van Gogh genius at the end of his life. 
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