Monday Motivator 1 – Vincent

The dream is to post something each and every Monday morning to kick off the week.  Be it an image, quote, person or clip, the hope is to launch thoughts and emotions to carry through the workweek. The inspiration is Vincent, the piece Starry Night.

MoMA NYC Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest

So many pieces to choose from, it is the energy and emotion of a scenic that made this today’s display.  Van Gogh stayed up three nights in a row to paint the view from his window in the asylum at Saint-Remy in June of 1889.  The moon and stars are balls of orange-yellow light, the white clouds coil and twist in the atmosphere.  The land has a glow of energy of a modern metropolis, but it comes with and essence of peace beneath the volatile sky. The tall steeple of the church sets the middle layer. Upfront, the Cyprus tree, a symbol of death for its associations with graveyards, connects earth and sky.

Throughout his works, Van Gogh’s power came from a palette based on orange, yellow, red, cold whites and blues, every stroke with creative energy and intent.  His pieces were simple, without smooth surfaces, nightscapes blue, dayscapes yellow, colors always complimentary and everything had movement.  His lens was usually wide, with use of a foreground element.  Although Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, he influences all of the visual arts, thus well over a century after his death he is this first Monday Motivator.    Thank You Vincent.

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