The Making Of Starry Night

“Vincent declared he did not want to create ‘abstractions’ but that he wished to have direct contact with the reality of nature. However, he admitted he found himself in great difficulty in his desire to paint the sky at night. Unwilling to paint in his studio what he could not see in front of him, the artist dreamed up a bizarre though ingenious system: he fixed candles to the top of his hat and thus painted the first nocturnal view en plein air in history.”


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