The rural settings of the painting and its overall portrayal depict a scene that must exist for hours in the night where this painting was commissioned. Hence, one could ideally sit for hours looking out on to this scene without any danger of its disappearance. Perhaps one large difference between photography and painting is the matter of fact portrayal versus the introduction of feeling and personalization respectively. The other element that warrants attention in this painting is the use of sharp colors such that various forms seem well separated from each other. The houses are well defined even the houses in the background of the village. Similarly, the tones in the sky are highly well defined and are distinct from the horizon. The tree to the left towering to the top is also well defined in both shape and color. This is unlike the other trees depicted in the grove that is vague. In addition, the stars in the sky and the moon, as well as their luminescence, are well defined such that they are separable from the neighboring sky. Overall, this serves to posit distinction and then it serves to enhance it at the same time creating a feeling of separation. When the historical dimensions of this piece by Van Gogh are explored, it becomes clear that Van Gogh commissioned this piece when present in a sanatorium. The Starry Night.
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