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Thursday, March 14, 2013


Van Gogh, 1889

NASA, 2013

TWO REMARKABLE IMAGES—This picture is fascinating for two main reasons: A 19th century icon painter and a 21st century space conglomerate on the same wave length.

“Circular Sky” from NASA: “…Taken on earth or up in space, photos can be fascinating when they look outward…Here in a field near the small village of Sikonda in Hungary, a long exposure shows the motion of the celestial sky over an expansive field of straw.  At the center of rotation is the north star—also known as the pole star—that is approximately aligned with the earth’s axis and retains its position as the planet moves…”   Photograph by Tamas Ladanyi.

“The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.  The painting is reportedly the view across the Rhone River from his sanitarium window in southern France.  In one of this letters to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote “…it does me good to do what’s difficult.  That doesn’t stop me having tremendous need for; shall I say the word—for religion—so I go outside at night to paint the stars.”

The Starry Night has been part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection since 1941.

Below is a remarkable website by someone who has spent a great deal of time with Van Gogh’s work, which in fact includes a remarkable 800 plus paintings.  Frankly, it’s a much larger body of work than I had imagined.

vangogh site:

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