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Description of Vincent Van Gogh's painting “The White House at Night”


The painting was painted by the outstanding Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh shortly before the tragic death. Moreover, the exact date of the creation of the canvas is known - 06/16/1890, around eight o'clock in the evening. This accuracy was established thanks to astronomers who explained that the star and the radiance around it, depicted in the picture, are nothing more than Venus. In the above time, it shone especially brightly, which attracted the attention of the artist who captured Venus in one small French commune.

For a long time the masterpiece was lost from the field of view of artists, scientists, critics and cultural scientists, it was discovered only at the end of the 20th century: it was exhibited in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and to this day belongs to this museum.

In 1890, the artist often writes at home. The latter personify for the master a bastion of security, peace, warmth, comfort. But, apparently, already feeling his imminent death, Van Gogh often adds gloomy shades to pleasant shades, symbolizing anxiety and anxiety.

The technique of performing the masterpiece is quite voluminous, which allows you to immerse the viewer - both the amateur and the professional - in the events taking place in the depicted town.

In this picture we can observe this alarm: a cute white house, twilight, a shining star, in the creation of which the artist does not depart from his handwriting, would seem to be depicted; pastel colors also give peace; in general, the atmosphere of a night provincial town is conveyed very accurately and peacefully.

However, in a woman who anxiously wanders from home on a night road, and in the style of writing this painting, there is a certain numbness, immobility, which give the picture shades of anxiety and even some kind of nervousness. Van Gogh felt them on an emotional level shortly before the tragedy.





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