OIL PAINTING: Starry Night, June 1889
It is an extraordinary painting, which expresses van Ggh's dramatic vitality and considerable visionary capacity. The style is excited, violent, almost - angry; the brush strokes-they seem agitated by a inner force, which makes them swirl and vibrate as they rotate among the shining stars.
"Starry Night" was completed near the mental asylum of Saint-Remy, 13 months before Van Gogh's death at the age of 37. Vincent's mental instability is legend. He attempted to take Paul Gauguin's life and later committed himself to several asylums in hopes of an unrealized cure.