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The Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh)

The Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh)
In New York you can find a lot of museums, one of those being the Museum of Modern Art. Here, amongisde all the famous works, there is one that catch the attention of every visitor, probably the most popular painting in the whole place: The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh. People absolutely love it, and there is always a pretty big crowd in front of it... but we don't exactly know how much Van Gogh himself liked his work, since he talks about it only twice in his letters to his brothers. This is pretty unusual, so probably he didn't love it too much, or was't aware of how good it was. However, this is also why it became so famous, so mysterious, so intriguing.

You probably know how the painting looks like (and you can see it in the picture): in it, Van Gogh represented the night, the part of the day that he considered the most living one, the most colorful, even more than the daytime. And you can see how vivid, colorful and wonderful is the painting: a nighttime small town (with a typical belltower from his birthplace) with some hills in the background. Everything in the painting came from his emotions, from his memory: he didn't paint a place he had in front of him, but just what he remembered. Everything came from his heart, from his feelings.

Of course the focus is not the small town, but the titular starry night: the sky, with all the stars, is the main focus of the painting, what catch the attention the most. It look almost chaotic, while the town looks very quiet and calm. The painting is just wonderful to look at: if you ever happen to visit this museum, take a few minutes to admire it. The night is indeed a very atmospheric time of the day, and Van Gogh perfectly catch that. There is blue, yellow, orange, white.... all colors that move in a almost chaotic way, but it's a way where everything works perfectly. It's not suprising that this painting is the most popular of the museum.

Image source https://upload.wikimed..._-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

Pros
  • Extremely powerful painting
  • Very big in size
  • Vivid wonderful colors
  • A starry night sky is always nice

Cons
  • Van Gogh probably dind't love it too much
  • The small town was painted by memory, making it less realistic
  • Painted in a particular unique style that not everyone like

Supporters

Mahshiemonalisa

starry night

It's hard not to love this whimsical painting. It has so much depth and feeling to it. In my mind, I can just imagine a warm summer evening with just such a sky. It elicits feelings of peace and beauty. The Scream, on the other hand, elicits fear and terror. Both convey strong emotions and both are wonderful pieces of art. However, if I were to hang one up in my home it would definitely be Starry Night as I find it so much more tranquil.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 01-18-2018
kgord

Starry Night

I do think this one is a classic and one that is worth viewing. I almost got to see a Van Gogh exhibition in person, but as I was about to enter the hallway, they ran out of free tickets and were not selling any so I missed my chance!
Posted by kgord on 01-15-2018
overcast

Classic

The image that it shows has plenty of thoughts in it. And we can say it shows calm. And it can also show some sort of weird feeling. And there are many small emotions attached to it. I'd say on that note it'd be reasonable to say that such type of the art is lot better.
Posted by overcast on 01-11-2018
JoeMilford

The Night Sky

I do love "The Scream", but it is just a little bit too disturbing to me in many ways. I do understand the context and concept of that painting and its dire critique of the effects of Modernism on the human psyche. However, "Starry Night" is more of a favorite of mine because I think that it captures some of the same frenetic energy but in a way that is more psychologically compelling than just pure anguish or dismay. Van Gogh's painting is borderling Impressionistic in its approach, and it moves me in ways, emotionally, that I am not even sure that i can understand.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-29-2018
MomoStarr16

Starry Night :D

I choose this one because it is Vincent Van Gogh who made it. It is pleasingto the eyes. Feels like it gives warm into my eyes as I see the blue sky with night setting.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-15-2018
amelia88

Aesthetically pleasing

This has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and iconic paintings ever. I think it's beautiful and would go with most decor, and is far less creepy than "The Scream"!
Posted by amelia88 on 10-15-2018
ajahcuizon

Eye Catcher

I really like the Starry Night of Vincent Van Gogh. I liked the way he mixed the colors to create an amazing masterpiece. I have seen some artists do it in a coffee ans I find it very amusing. The starry night really catches my attention everytime I got a chance to look at it. Every detail of it is so beautiful.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 09-28-2018
anchoreztin

The Starry Night

I am not an art expert but I do appreciate works even of I am not in the place to criticize it. I like this painting because it is more relaxing and I like the color scheme. Also its history is very fascinating. Its beauty was able to imspire people to make a song out of it. I like the color blue in than the color orange.
Posted by anchoreztin on 10-05-2018
jeffreyjose48

Starry Night

I vote for the starry night. I can remember the song starry night with this art work. I also heard of Vincent Van Gogh always as a master painter.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-16-2018
nrnlss

Van Gogh

I love the starry night, it has a whimsical feature that is hard to miss. The colors and his style as a painter is really admirable. The scream is also a good famous painting, however I love the starry nighy better. The tragic story of that painting also add a melancholy feeling every time I see the painting, the story makes it more important and beautiful.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-18-2018
thejoyrevolution

Starry Night

I feel the sadness of the painting The Starry Night. I also lean towards works of Vincent Van Gogh. He has a very tragic story and most of his works express his sadness.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 11-01-2018

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The Scream (Edvard Munch)

The Scream (Edvard Munch)
You often see it in cartoons, used as a gag when a characters is hurt, you often see it in movies, often see it referenced in books, games and who know what else: you immediately recognize The Scream, probably one of the most famous paintings ever, even if maybe you know little about it. It's a painting that say a lot about modern man, about his drama, his experience, from life to death, from love to obsession. There shouldn't ever be a need for a description, since just saying "The Scream" make you imagine the painting, which doesn't have too much details but it's so incredible to look at. Of course the focus of the attention is a weird man (or a woman, who knows) with a unique yellowish-greenish skin. This guys is pretty creepy, looking almost like a human skull. And like a skeleton he's also pretty skinny, like his curved body can look. And he's not just standing there doing nothing, he is doing what the title is about: he is screaming! Not just a small scream, but a powerful one, so powerful that he have to put his hands near his head.

There is also a background that you might want to ignore, but have its importance as well: the screaming figure is on a bridge, and on the backside of the bridge there are two mysterious guys. There is also a small portion of sea (even with some boats), on a natural paysage.. Everything is set as sunset, in a atmosphere with very bloody colors.

This description can easily make you imagine the painting if you never saw it, and can also raise a lot of question. We still don't know who is the screaming figure, his or her sex, or either if he is Munch himself. Maybe he's not even a individual, maybe he represents the humanity in its entirity. And we don't know either why he is screaming, what cause him so much pain, so much fear. And the figure on the background? The bridge? The paysage? It's a painting full of mysteries, and extremely creepy.

Munch in his diary says that he was walking on a street with two friends, at sunset. The sky became blood and he became suddenly sad, with a terrible pain inside him. He stopped, while his friends kept walking. And trembling in fear, Munch heard a terrible and infinite scream cry through nature. Even more creepy, but also even more fascinating.

Image source https://upload.wikimed...jpg/1200px-The_Scream.jpg

Pros
  • Interesting choice of colors
  • One of the most famous paintings ever
  • Just seeing it is very impactful
  • Very atmospheric and unique

Cons
  • The screaming figure is actually pretty ugly
  • We don't know a lot of stuff about the painting
  • Someone might actually not like the limited choice of colors
  • A bit creepy for someone
  • It's pretty small

Supporters

Barida

Touches my heart.

This is the kind of work of art that I prefer as it really touch my heart when I look at it. It always bring back a whole lot of great memories to me as well as regards the way that we started life and it is always nice.
Posted by Barida on 11-25-2018

Comments

hermessantos
I always liked the works of Vincent Van Gogh. But I confess I have a special connection with Edvard Munch's The Scream. For when I was in high school I did a replica of that painting and I was highly praised by the people. I keep this drawing to this day.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-10-2018
Tania997
Vincent Van Gogh has been of the best artists and I love everything about him too. It's too bad a lot of his work didn't get recognition until it was too late. He was always considered crazy until his death. But I really love the message behind the scream too so I can't really vote here.
Posted by Tania997 on 01-11-2018
overcast
I think both the art have their own place. I am not saying any one is better than the other. However it all comes down with a choice though. I have personally found those art to be lot better on the terms. Such as some arts have their own theory on they worked around. And some are good with the content. So it's fun to have such content.
Posted by overcast on 01-11-2018
vinaya
Both of these artworks are awesome. However, I will choose to go with The Scream by Edvard Munch. I have never seen the real paintings but only the digital print of these paintings. I also don't know why I like The Screen. When I look at The Screem, I always try to associate myself with the person on the painting.
Posted by vinaya on 01-12-2018
ColdFlameChris
I'm sorry but I really don't understand the concept of an abstract and why it became popular and expensive. It looks to me like a kid's drawing which looks easy for me to draw If I'm a good painter (LOL). Kidding aside, why do those paintings with intricate details don't give more importance than this kind of paintings. It surely spends lots of time and hard work for perfecting their art so they deserve their painting to be treated the same way as abstract.I don't understand at all.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-17-2018
mar06
The one who made this two arts are so very gifted when it comes in their talent. You cannot easily obtain that rare kind of talent. They look both amazing and they have their own concept.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
Corzhens
One of the most popular painting is Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I am not well versed with visual arts particularly with the abstract and the surreal paintings. But from what I gathered, people love Starry Night because of the mix of colors that represents the night sky. I cannot imagine the value of that painting but for sure it will cost more than a million if ever it will be sold in the market.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-06-2018
nekonieden
I like the Starry Night by Vincent Gogh. I just love the color combinations it's really pleasing to the eyes. It looks very relaxing because of its color. The scream is also good but i don't like the colors because its too warm for me although it relates the mood of the artist when he did that painting but since I don't like color orange its not that attractive for me. Other people don't appreciate those kind of abstract painting. They don't know how to appreciate those kind of art. It's really hard to make some painting to be honest. It really requires you to practice a lot. Both artist are really great and deserved to have a name in art industry.
Posted by nekonieden on 03-09-2018
Barida
When it comes to the world of art, I am one of those that always get quite confused on which one to prefer and leave the other and the reason is just that I see most art works as simply amazing and unique in their own skin. This is the same reason I don't really see any need that should make me to take one of the two options and leave the other for both are really nice and a good place to see the wonderful works of art.
Posted by Barida on 03-10-2018
MomoStarr16
I don't really know a lot about art but if it is Vincent Van Gogh then it is not just an art. He is one of the greatest when it comes to painting. I don't know the one that is being debate with Van Gogh's Starry Night but as I see he do not have a thing to match the Starry Night.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-15-2018
cagafron
I will definitely choose the Van Gogh art though both artists had a good piece but for this one I would go and choose Starry Night. They were somewhat similar when it comes to styles as it involves curls and twirling designs but the chosen color of the other one is not good to my eyes. The color is strong so it feels like I will get emotional and a bit irritated because of the color. I like light colors but both pieces used the same strong colors it is just that the Van Gogh art is more cool to the eyes because of its own color used.
Posted by cagafron on 06-01-2018
lovely
A starry night sky is always beautiful so I will go for a art work done about it.I will go for starry night though I'm yet to see it,because from the review up there it seem it will be a delight to see the art work physically and it will be a powerful art work.From the image up there it will sure be a colorful artwork.
Posted by lovely on 07-25-2018
iambeth
I prefer Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night because of the combination of colors. I love the mix of blue and yellow. It looks vibrant and exciting. 'The Scream' on the other hand seems dark and disturbing.
Posted by iambeth on 10-30-2018