The Starry Night

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The Starry Night is an oil painting by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from his asylum room in southern France, to which he was admitted after slicing off his own left ear in a psychotic episode.

The painting is dominated by swirling patterns of stars, above an idealized village. A flame-like cypress tree unites the sky with the quiet hamlet below.

Van Gogh was heavily influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, in particular the flat perspective, sharp outlines, even lighting, and uniform regions of color. Japan opened to trade in 1854, and the exported woodblocks quickly became fashionable in European artistic circles. Van Gogh and many of his impressionist peers collected ukiyo-e, and for a time Vincent and his brother Theo even dealt in them.
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Weight (mg/sq in) 68
Made in France