Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Starry Night, c.1889 COLLECTIONS Art Poster Print by Vincent van Gogh

Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) was a post-Impressionist whose work powerfully influenced modern Expressionism, Fauvism and early abstraction. Born in the Netherlands, and living primarily in France, Van Gogh was a prolific artist who produced all of his work during a 10-year period-at one point, creating an astounding 150 paintings and drawings within one year. Although now an icon, he sold only one painting in his lifetime. His originality is showcased in many self-portraits and landscapes, as well as his most famous piece, Starry Night, which now hangs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It hauntingly expresses, through swirling brushstrokes, vivid colors, and distorted forms, the artistic brilliance of this quintessential tormented artiste who left us a legacy of eternal masterpieces.