Starry Night, 1893
Oil on canvas
135 x 140 cm
on Nov 3, 2003:
Looking at this picture gives me the inspiration to continue my artwork in hopes
that I may someday become a well known artist. To capture detail in my work just
as Edvard Munch has done here. Looking at the night sky gives me ideas for both
the stories I long to write and the pictures I love so much.
on Mar 23, 2002:
This is one of the most beautiful and scariest pieces I have ever
seen. It captures a moment and place in time when all our problems
disappear, but what scares me is that it makes it seem that this
is the only place that it will happen in and you will spend your
whole life searching for it and may never find it.
wrote on Sep 29, 2001:
Muse for Writers
I visited the Getty Museum a few weeks ago and was thoroughly
enjoying myself as I wandered through the exhibits. The night
before, I had revised my latest story and titled it "Starry Night".
At the museum, I happened to bump into the section of "Contemporary
Art" and saw the painting. I was immediately entranced and stood
there for at least 5 minutes, unmoving and in total awe. Finally,
I was able to tear myself away from the painting and step back
to allow others to pass. A quick glance at the title made my heart
skip a beat: Starry Night. I thought I was going to pass out.
I don't know what exactly happened next, but I know I didn't visit
any other part of the museum that day. This painting utterly encompasses
the theme of my story and just thinking about it still sends shivers
up my back.
on Apr 1, 2001:
Could it be that everyone has a place like this deep inside of
them? That maybe he wasn't really painting a starlit sky, but
rather the human spirit? One can almost hear the soft yellow that
illuminates the tranquil blue sky as it whispers a thousand love
stories without making a sound, and one can feel the tears pouring
as the dark, awkward land mass weeps over the memory of a brighter
wrote on Feb 24, 2001:
The painting is a poem which doesn't need the help of any words.
It describes a single moment and tells a wonderful, sad and touching
story. Maybe about the couple beneath the wall? It could be about
transient love. You can loose yourself in this masterpiece while
you are looking at it and let your thoughts fly. Don't you feel
the sadness and beauty of it at once?
Postcard from the Getty Center