Starry Night Over the Rhône, 1888
One of Van Gogh's paintings of Arles at night, painted on the bank of the Rhône; a two-minute walk from the Yellow House on the Place Lamartine, which he rented at the time.
Arriving in Arles for recuperation after the effects of Paris and his fraught personal life took their toll, the artist was captivated by the night sky of the Southern French region in this experimental period.
Starry Night Over the Rhone, painted a year before Starry Night, is a huge accomplishment, and an experiential reproduction of a night-time so paradoxically full of light.
Many see anguish and violence in the tumultuous brushstrokes, while others detect serenity in the sky’s cosmic vortex.
Starry Night Over the Rhone is a considered to be one of the world's great cultural treasures.
Oil on canvas