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The Starry Night (vertical detail) by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night (vertical detail), 1889

Vincent van Gogh

Thick, choppy brushstrokes in brilliantly contrasting blues and yellows make up a swirling sky filled with the energy of creation. "This morning I saw the country from my window … before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big," van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. That morning star, hanging low on the horizon, shines out from a sphere of white and yellow paint spun into a radiant web, over a country village

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