Terrasse des Cafes in the Place du Forum, 1888

Oil on canvas 81 x 65.5 cm  Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterio




















 This painting, done by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the open at night, shows a cheerful scene in  the artificial light of terrace lamps beneath a dark blue starlit sky.






The Starry Night (1889) Vincent Van Gogh

 Vonda Shepard sings, "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night")    

Van Gogh painted the night sky with great whirling stars that seemed to express his feelings of the great cosmic energy that rules human lives with both malice and benevolence. The sight of the stars had a strong impact on him; it made him contemplate whether 'the whole of life was visible to us, or do we in fact know only the one hemisphere before we die'?