During the year he spent in the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole Vincent Van Gogh was to paint the view from his bedroom window at the asylum no fewer than 21 times. The Stary Night was the only nocturnal painting in the series and is a highly fantasized version of what he saw as he looked out east towards the Alpilles. In June of 1889 he wrote to his brother Theo: “This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big”. And the astrological records of indicate that indeed Venus would have been at its brightest in the middle of June that year.
Though he considered the painting a “failure” it has become one of the most recognizable paintings in Western Art. And its appeared everywhere including on the pair of socks I was sporting today.
Thanks to a young man in Egypt we are now able to experience Van Gogh’s vision of that nocturnal Provencal sky in June 1889 in 360°. A left click on my sock will allow you to lose yourself in the stary, stary night.