Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhone

I am very fond of arts. There are some masterpieces that I admire and that I would like to see with my own eyes. One of them is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone”. It was painted in September 1888 in France. Now it’s located in Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

This oil painting is a landscape presenting a view of night sky filled with glaring stars reflecting in the deep blue water.

The spectator seems to look towards the opposite shore. He sees the lights in the houses there and their traces on the water. There on the back ground fuzzy contours of buildings and trees are slightly visible through the dark. On this shore there are some boats and two people walking on the sand.

It’s difficult to define what the foreground of the painting is because there are lots of details and the whole composition which make your eyes examine every piece of the canvas. As for me, it’s the water surface with the reflections on it and the starry sky above. The sky and the river in the middle of the picture are much lighter. It attracts our attention there.

Colours which used Van Cogh – blue and yellow – make a special effect on eyes.

Looking at “Starry Night Over the Rhone” I feel a cool breeze, smell the river, hear the waves’ murmur and it’s like I am a little bit blinded by the bright starlight.


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