Theo is Van Gogh's brother. vincent wrote many letters to him when he wanted to say how he felt and how his work progressed.
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You would definitely need to focus on the sense of discovery as #3 highlights. It is interesting the different ways that darkness can be portrayed, and normally it is associated with negative, scary or evil images, and yet this painting is completely different. What it seems to focus on is the amazing power of the stars to provide light and perhaps allows us to see things differently.
From reading many of Vincent Van Gogh's letters to his brother, it is evident that the man could have been a great writer had he desired. For, he was passion personified!
Perhaps, Van Gogh would write that living along the Mediterranean, the motifs already had that quality of bizarre reality in them before he put them on canvas. But overcoming distance has been a problem, so he tries putting the new discoveries in a single canvas. This painting is called "Starry Night."
From an imaginary viewpoint, the artist looks down on a village. The treatment of the motifs of olive trees clustered in cloud, a cypress tree towering in the foreground, and the undulating waves of the Alpilles sets the natural scene against the almost tangible cosmic drama of the stars as the church steeple stretches up into the elements. It is a spiritual discovery, this discovery of the luminous power of the stars in the darkness.
I believe that if I were VanGough I would be telling my brother that it is late in the evening. I have just left the cafe LeTra'be. I was walking home and I looked up ad saw the most beautiful sky. There were a few people lingering at the tables and the night mist was setting on the cobble stone.
He would tell his brother that there was an unusual stillness to the night. The night smells and colors were magnificent and that he had to go home and paint before he lost the feeling.
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