Learn from an Expert: Two Minutes with a MoMA Curator on The Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is adored by humans around the world. People love it for the emotion in the movement. Van Gogh captures the enchantment of the night sky. The painting is instantly recognizable, but how much do you know beyond the title? Let’s cover some basic points.

  • Van Gogh was a Dutch, but spent a lot of his career as an artist in France.
  • The painting is 29 inches in height by 36 inches across (92 cm X 74 cm). It’s not a huge painting. When you see big posters of it, they actually printed the poster bigger than the original.
  • Van Gogh painted The Starry Night in 1889, when he checked himself into the Saint Paul asylum. A few months earlier, he famously cut his ear.
  • The Starry Night is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The MoMA created a special website to get deeper acquainted with the painting. The page includes an interactive version of the painting that reveals quotes from the artist, a video of guests explaining how the artwork moves them, and a two minute audio clip with chief curator Ann Temkin and her thoughts on the work.

Visit MoMA Learning to discover Van Gogh’s sneaky move to add a touch of his home country into the French country side. Plus, find out which planet he paints in the night sky.

MoMA Learning – The Starry Night

Header Image: “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh via Wikipedia

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