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does anyboy see this?

Does anybody understand the painting "starry night"?

(van gogh)

in a boy meets world episode topanga explains it as..

God is protecting the people in this little town! They live their lives and they come out of their houses, and they see this sky and they know God's protection and love. And that everything will be all right.

i dont see that.. i just see a town with a odd looking sky?

Is seeing a painting that says something with out actual words someting you have to understand to see? if so i dont think i have that lol cause i dont see god protectng a town?


9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Perhaps I can answer that with another question. When you're happy, why do you sing instead of speak? Or when you're in love, why do you speak of roses and honey? When we do these things, we, too are artists; we're using something that goes beyond a mere clinical, scientific description in order to communicate our feelings more powerfully than straightforward words can. So consider for a moment that van Gogh might not have been hallucinating on the night he painted this. Maybe he felt something so powerful that he had to go beyond the familiar to express it.

    I hope I'm not telling you something new, but reminding you of something you already know as I describe the experience of being outside at night under a crystal clear sky. There may be a hint of crispness in the air that makes everything seem clean and refreshing. It's the kind of night we imagine when we think of a chorus of angels singing to frightened shepherds. So you look up, perhaps to see if the angels really are there. And suddenly you see the sky like you've seldom seen it before. It's not just the same old sky tonight. Instead, the blackness is a deep, rich, velvet blue that is more bottomless than any ocean. The stars are not spots of light but brilliant, magical diamonds that dance and twirl like tiny ballerinas. In just this special moment, the sky is somehow alive, and it seems to speak to you silently about the meaning of infinity. Oh, how wonderful it would be if you could preserve this moment, so you could return to it again and again!

    Now look at the painting again. Can you begin to see why this is such a famous and well-loved image?

    But there's more here than that. Van Gogh painted this while he was held in the grip of a debilitating disease. We can imagine that he frequently battled the fear that he would never escape his prison to true freedom. We can imagine his battle because each of us has faced our own personal prison, whether it be disease, the loss of a loved one, financial woes, addiction, or any of the troubles that make us wonder whether God knows of our suffering; whether He will ever truly deliver us from affliction. In such moments it is tempting to collapse in hopelessness.

    Looking at this painting, I imagine van Gogh in just such a moment of despair, when he is struck by the memory of one of those amazing night skies. He recalls the sense that he is not alone; that there is a living, infinite, loving God who sees us and knows us by name. A God whose awesome creation reminds us, sometimes, that He has never left our side.

    And so the sky swirls across the canvas full of vitality and power that speaks of His presence. The stars don't just sparkle; they explode in radiance. Looking closer, we notice that the earth itself seems to respond to the movement in the heavens, forming its own living waves in the mountains and the rolling trees beneath them. In the sleepy village, the windows of the houses glow with the same light that illuminates the universe. The church steeple in the center seems to struggle to point to God, who is so alive in this scene. But the little church is dwarfed by the cypress trees at the left, which seem to capture the joy of the inhabited creation around them by erupting in a living flame of praise.

    What a tremendous message of hope there is in this masterpiece! Even if our troubles persist, the world around us assures us that God has heard His people cry, and has acted to calm our fears, heal our hurts, and dry our tears.

    That's what the angels sang about. Doesn't it make you want to sing, too?

    Source(s): art to heart
  • 1 decade ago

    You're quite right; far too much has been read into this Van Gogh painting.The artist himself would have been amazed at all the philosophical and religious interpretations surrounding this work.

    The artist was simply interested in depicting a night scene with stars, nothing about God and the protection of a town. There is proof of this in a letter he wrote to his brother Theo: " I want to paint "a starry night, possibly at the time of day when beetles and cicadas fly up into the heat of the night."

    The interesting point in this painting was actually its technical aspect. Van Gogh was accustomed to paint what he saw (whether a portrait or landscape). But his friend Gauguin had been encouraging him to paint from imagination. And here, for the first time, he is doing just that.

    The main reason that Starry Night is considered a masterpiece today is wrapped up with the public's love for sensation, and the fact that a few months later he would kill himself.

    One other point: contrary to what some people believe, this painting - and others he painted at this time - shows no evidence of his having a "dehabilitating illnes" The truth was that when Van Gogh was in throes of a pyschotic attack he was totally incapable of painting. But, he always recovered speedily, and his painting skills were unaffected.

  • 1 decade ago

    haha, i wouldn't count on topanga as an art history expert.

    i think Gogh was trying to create a painting that is soothing, but has underlying symbolism. the sky is beautiful and full of movement, and it is above a little town, which is comforting. but the point of view is from the outskirts of town, next to an ugly warped tree, which represents van gogh and how he felt about his life.

    also notice that the lights in the church are off. the church is trying to mimic the tree, but it isn't standing as tall at the tree God made.

    Source(s): art major.
  • 1 decade ago

    OK. I guess they can see whatever they want to in it. LOL Just like people read a poem and say....."this is what this guy is saying". And someone else reads it and says, "nope, this is what he's saying". And the guy, who has been dead a long time isn't there to ask so who knows.

    But I'm a poet and recently in a workshop I read a poem I had written. Several people said what they thought it was about. I was amazed at the variety of interpretations. Certainly the poem was one of my more abstract pieces. But not one person understood the true meaning behind it.

    So don't worry about what they said the meaning is. What it looks like to you, is what it is to you. That's all that matters. And, BTW, sometimes a starry sky is just a starry sky.

  • Haruhi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    its all about imagination. a painting can mean a thousand things. but people usually like the theories where everything makes sense and its all a happy ending.

    i really dont think van gogh thought about god as he painted that portrait.

    the man lived with voices in his head. the painted is whatever you want it to mean because its through your eyes that your looking through.

    to me it isnt about god. Its about the confusion that even a simple starry night can cast. each star with its own will and power to glow as much as it can.

    hope i made some sense.

    and dont worry nothing is wrong with you not seeing what other people see.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've always seen it as another way Vincent was railing at the church. Showing it as trying to do what nature does, but failing. The tree connects the earth with the dancing stars with God's light and love. The steeple tries to do the same thing, but fails.

    Source(s): Sister Wendy, Art history classes, reading..
  • the painting has a soothing nature, and generally, people bring god up whenever they want to feel secure.

    im not that religious, so when i look at the pitcure, i just think about my girlfriend, and peaceful nights wasting time- because thats what comforts me

    other people find meaning in life with religion, so they are comforted when confronted with the unknown, which is portrayed in this pitcure

  • herbin
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    That is why it's called "Impressionism".

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