Friday, October 14, 2011

Gogh, Vincent van

Road with Cypress and Star
Oil on canvas
92 x 73 cm (36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in)
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.

Painted in May of 1890 as his last painting in the asylum.
The moon and star are self-contained and vibrant, each one seeming to encompass a swirling new world, an unexplored portion of the journey.
In the middle stands a long cypress tree, the common symbol, according to Bialostocki, of “the cemetery and death”, cutting the sky in two. It feels more like a bridge to the sky and the heavens, a link between our world and the sky.