This work was produced during the same month that Van Gogh created another work featuring the night sky, Café Terrace at Night
, 1888. He was fascinated by the rich colours and structural shapes that presented themselves in the darkness.
Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night over the Rhône
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 72 x 92 cm Exposé au Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Paris, 1889. Musée d'Orsay Photo: RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is considered one of the most influential post-impressionist artists in the history of Western art. During his short yet prolific career he developed a highly personal use of colour and brushwork, directly expressing an emotional response to his subject and his inner world.