We’ll never know exactly what Vincent Van Gogh saw that inspired him to paint “The Starry Night,” but Alex Ruiz takes a delightful stab at guessing in his digital interpretation of the night that famous work was born.
According to the digital concept artist:
This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky…probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it’s well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled.
The size of the objects has been altered to lend a mystical quality to an otherwise realistic work, but what’s art without a little magic?
August 9th 2012 Update :
Just found this quote of Vincent’s relevant to The Starry Night
“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”
― Vincent van Gogh
My love of Vincent is endless and here is another tribute of mine to him…