Today I will be spending a portion of my afternoon at MOMA gazing at my favorite painting, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night.’
It’s been a number of years since I’ve seen it and I can’t think of a better way to spend a steamy Saturday.
Van Gogh is my absolute favorite artist. I have 3 books about his life and work.
“Starry Night” is brilliant, and it always impresses me to think that he painted that out of his own imagination while in an asylum.
Did you know Van Gogh has two paintings titled “Starry Night”? The first was painted in 1888 and shows a villiage on a river with the stars and villiage lights reflected in the water.
The second “Starry Night” is the more famous one, with the swirling clouds and stars and the spire-like tree very prominent in the foreground. It’s this latter one I assume you’re talking about, since this is the one at the MOMA. The other painting is in Paris, IIRC.
I also love his use of color in “Coal Barges”. Enjoy your trip.
If I ever get to NY again, the MOMA is definitely on my list of places to visit, just to see that painting.