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The artist's rendering of star-lit skies was a cathartic process of self-treatment at a time when care given for mental disorders was primitive at best. Van Gogh, always seeking the approval of his beloved brother Theo, immediately dispatched the piece to him for review. His accompanying letter describes how he stared at the morning star until sunrise and started work on the painting in the morning. During this time, his brother — owner of an art gallery - helped him financially in exchange of paintings.
Like its companion piece, Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun, The Starry Night is painted from memory, imbuing the work with the magical and experiential quality that stretches beyond the scope of lived experience. Discarding the Impressionist values, he absorbed during his time in Paris; The Starry Night paved the way for the Expressionist era.
Having spent the years 1886-1888 living with his brother in Montmartre, Paris, Van Gogh became aware of the works of Monet and other leading Impressionists, learning of their idiosyncratic reproduction of light and color, their handling of rural and urban themes, and experiencing first-hand the tumultuous lives they led. Personally acquainted with artists such as Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard, Camille Pissarro, and John Russell, Van Gogh's The Starry Night was a calculated rejection of the principles of the Impressionists. Instead, The Starry Night has more in common with the economic brushwork of George Seurat or the psychology interiority of Cezanne. Van Gogh's painting is now classed within the bracket of Post-Impressionism, with its pent-up energy, pyrotechnic stars, and the utter silence of life in the village. The surrounding gloom appears not to penetrate the frame, instead electrifying the night with the passion and process of creation.
As one of the well-known paintings in the world, The Starry Night stands out for its beautiful and fantastical swirls, created with Van Gogh's iconic brush strokes. He combined shades of light and dark blue with the luminance of the yellow of the stars and moon. By combining these two colors, some areas appear to be green — also reflecting on the clouds near the horizon. The bottom half of the canvas features a dark and cold city, along with a cypress in the foreground.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Starry Night, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Starry Night that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.