Art Wall’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone” by Vincent van Gogh 36×48 Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Starry Night Over the Rhone (September 1888) is one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of Arles at night; it was painted at a spot on the river bank that was only a minute or two’s walk from the Yellow House on the Place Lamartine which Van Gogh was renting at the time. The night sky and the effects of light at night provided the subject for some of his more famous paintings, including Cafe Terrace at Night (painted earlier the same month) and the later canvas from Saint-Remy, The Starry Night. The view is from the quay (a waterside street) on the east side of the Rhone, into the knee of the river towards the western shore: coming down from the north, the Rhone turns to the right at this point to surround the rocks on which Arles is built. From the towers of Saint-Julian and Saint-Trophies at the left, the spectator follows the east bank up to the iron bridge connecting Arles to the suburb of Trinquetaille on the right, western bank. This implies a view from Place Lamartine towards the south-west. Van Gogh announced and described this composition in a letter to his brother Theo: Included a small sketch of a 30 square canvas-in short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground. In reality the view depicted in the painting faces away from Ursa Major, which is to the north. The foreground indicates heavy rework, wet-in-wet, as soon as the first state was finished. The letter sketches executed at this time probably are based on the original composition.
- Artist: Vincent van Gogh
- Title: Starry Night Over the Rhone, Completion Date: 1888 Place of Creation: Arles, France
- Style: Post-Impressionism, Genre: Landscape, Technique: Oil, Material: Canvas
- Dimensions: 36×48
- Reproduction is Made in the USA; Hand stretched and built in the USA by American Workers