Recreation of Starry Night

There are many different theories of what Van Gogh’s Starry Night could represent or mean. Van Gogh was claimed crazy in 1888 when he cut off his own ear. This landed him in a mental asylum in Arles. The view from his window in the mental institution is said to be the scene captured in this piece. The first theory of this artwork is that Van Gogh himself is the Cypress tree looming in the foreground of the picture, and the 11 stars stand for 11 critics. The second theory is the one that I favor. As we know Van Gogh was a religious man, he even served in a missionary as a child. This painting I said to be inspired by the genesis quote, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.”( Genesis 37:9) If you have ever seen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat… This quote should sound familiar to you. This dream exhibits hope in a time of hardship, and saying that the underdog finds luck in the end. You can see why this would be appealing to Van Gogh during this hardship for him. The stars illumination represents this great hope. This would also explain why the temple is the largest building represented. My recreation of starry night should be taken from the view point of a child. Everything is all healthy, while the hope is for cookies as rightfully represented by the stars.


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