Since the ancient times, humanity has been fascinated by the night sky full of stars. We’ve been excited by the mystery and limitlessness of this distant beautiful world sparkling far beyond our reach. These feelings found their expression in science, technology, literature and of course art. A vast number of artists, impressed by the charm of the dark time, created wonderful starlight night paintings that keep amazing us even though some of them were born centuries ago. Here are the most famous nocturnal canvases you should be aware of.
1. “The Great Comet of 1680 Over Rotterdam” by Lieve Verschuier, 1680.
The painting shows one of the most unbelievable phenomena – the arrival of a comet in the 17th century. The light of the comet was so bright that it was reputedly visible even during the day. We can only imagine how people shown in the picture were excited and at the same time scared by this spectacular sight.
2. “Starry Night Over the Rhone” by Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
Works by Van Gogh are some of the best-known paintings dedicated to the beauty of the night sky. Depicting a night river with a shimmering panorama of the city on the other shore and huge swirling stars overhead, this canvas will strike you with vibrant colors, amazing technique and romantic mood.
3. “Starry Night” by Edvard Munch, 1893.
Creating his works, Munch tried to convey the unfathomable mystery of the night. Unlike Van Gogh, he represents it in deep dark colors, which makes the painting quite frightening but at the same time attractive.
4. “Starlight Night” by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1917.
This unexpected and thought-provoking canvas looks more like a geometric abstraction than a landscape. The inky dark background representing the night sky is filled with bright dots placed at even intervals that symbolize burning stars. Georgia claims she pictured the West’s crystal-clear, dark night skies.
Nevertheless, with the coming of civilization, more and more people have forgotten about the beauty of the night sky outshined by the street lights and polluted by chemical waste. Today, very few of us pay attention to the stars over our heads. However, there are artists ready to remind us about it.