A sketch of Starry Night Over the Rhone was painted by Van Gogh in 1888, and the painting itself was finished and exhibited in 1889.
The oil painting is written in large strokes and its main colors are multiple shades of blue and yellow, turning either into pale blue, then into greenish-bronze, or into bright golden.
What did the author capture the picture on his canvas? Firstly, it’s the nightly starry sky itself, on which we can easily find the Big Dipper bucket and the North Star, which makes it possible to understand where this landscape was taken from. Dark blue at the edges, it becomes light blue in the middle. The yellowish-white stars sparkle, resembling small flashes of fireworks, and are surrounded by white with shades of green halos.
The next element of the composition is the opposite bank of the Rhone, on which is built a blue, almost merging with the sky, a city whose lanterns glow in a rich yellow color. Being close to the stars, they create a very strong contrast to the pale yellow stars. The light of lanterns falls on the entire surface of the river, acquiring a golden and green hues.
At first glance at the canvas, all the attention is attracted to itself by the sky and the river with bright lanterns, and only then the part of the picture closest to the viewer gets it. A modestly walking, most likely elderly couple, walks arm-in-arm along the Rhone, and two small vessels calmly stand on the very shore, adding even more peace and harmony to the picture.
Very fond of such night landscapes, the artist loved to dream and drown in his thoughts, looking at the stars. He was drawn to them, he was fascinated by their beauty and inaccessibility. In thoughts about life and death, about the inaccessibility of these small bright points, a desire was born in him to convey the same emotions and sensations that walks in the open air generated in him. And today, after more than a century, we also admire the beauty of night landscapes in his paintings.
Painting Koschey Immortal Vasnetsov