The Starry Night
Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Medium: Oil on canvas
Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Dimensions: 73.7 cm × 92.1 cm (29 in × 36¼ in)
The Starry Night is a painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, and is widely seen as his masterpiece. The painting shows van Gogh's view outside his sanitarium room window in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (southern France) at night.
From 1888 van Gogh painted several paintings that look like The Starry Night, one of these paintings is Starry Night Over the Rhone. In this period van Gogh was inspired by religion.
This painting is often associated with van Gogh's words: "Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? If we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star."