Throwback Thursday: Starry Starry Night

Originally, ” Starry Starry Night” was posted in 2014 on Vincent van Gogh’s birthday.

Vincent moved to Arles in 1888, where his work grew brighter in color and developed his unique painting style. In his life, he only sold one painting. Theo, his brother, had given him financial and emotional support through his life. Yet, Vincent considered himself to be rich. “In my opinion, I am often rich — not in money, but (though it doesn’t happen every day) rich — because I have found in my work something which I can devote myself to heart and soul, and which inspires me and gives a meaning to life.”

The only painting Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime was Red Vineyard at Arles (The Vigne Rouge)

The only painting Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime was Red Vineyard at Arles (The Vigne Rouge)

In ten years, Vincent produced more than 2,100 paintings and drawings, plus 900 letters (600 letter to his brother, Theo).

“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”    

— Vincent van Gogh

When Vincent was in Arles, Paul Gauguin stayed with him in a short period of time. Theo, his brother, had been his lifelong friend. This is how he said about friendship, “Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.”


I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.
― Vincent van Gogh

Perhaps, now we understand a little more about Vincent’s passion, love, struggle, and dream and how he lost his mind and how he tried to set them free.

Notes: Vincent van Gogh, March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890. He shot himself, but did not die until 2 days later at the age of 37. Theo died six months after Vincent killed himself, he was buried by Vincent. Grave_of_VincentThank you so much for visiting!

Here is a eloquent, moving post of van Gogh’s Night Cafe (by Dr. Hb). Please take a look.

50 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Starry Starry Night

  1. I remember the immense sadness I felt when first I heard that song. van Gogh as a tortured genius was someone I immediately related to, and this song brought out his loneliness so poignantly. I did a post some time back on one of his works, “The Night Cafe”.

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  2. Reminds me of time I was hitchhiking through France in 60’s and went into cafe to ask “Where is the house of Van Gogh?” . Bar man gave a very Gallic shrug of the shoulders and threw the telephone directory my way! Don’t know if it was my Scottish/French accent or if he was just fed-up of folk asking him daft questions. 😉 This is a lovely post and it sure has taken me down memory lane 😊

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    • Thank you for sharing the story, Helen. It’s a travel experience you don’t want to run into. 🙂 I guess he may be tired of the same question.
      Thank you so much reading.

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  3. Such a wonderful tribute to this passionate and driven artist, Amy. The video is really lovely, with Don McLean’s rich voice, poignant lyrics, and the plethora of VG’s astounding paintings. Sad, how troubled he was. I have a soft spot in my heart for Van Gogh, and appreciated this wonderful post.


  4. what a beautiful tribute to a man, though troubled, left a rich legacy in the arts and so much from his wisdom. it is so wonderful to hear McLean’s Vincent once again. thank you so much for sharing, Amy. I had to play the song more than once. 🙂

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  5. Great imagery and the song… one of my favorites. I played it nearly every week. With my acoustic guitar. Thank you for your post, Amy and for sending me back 2 years… back to the happy times of guitar playing. 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Reinhold for sharing your happy guitar playing two years. So glad to know this is one of your favorites. I’ll never get tired of listening to this beautiful song. 🙂

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  6. There are times i wish I could become a better artist, to devote those “extra” morsels of myself to something extraordinary, but I can see that there is a cost. in Van Gogh’s case it was his mind. In mine, i’m afraid it would be my nap time…


    • van Gogh had such a sad and short life, but he thought he was rich and produced so many great paintings.
      I agree, the cost can be too high, nap sound really good. 🙂 I love your paintings, Gabe! Thank you so much for sharing with us. 🙂

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    • I agree. I was surprised to read about how van Gogh thought himself to be rich and he said about friendship (when he lived alone most of his life) Thank you for reading, Brian. 🙂

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  7. My favorite artist of all time. I never tire of gazing at his paintings in museums. I love the quote where he says he is rich, if not in money, at least in finding a meaning to life in his art, something for us all to aspire to!


    • So glad to know he is your favorite artist of all time. It is inspiring how he define rich and how much he devote to art.Thank you for visiting, Roslyn!


  8. That very painting is one of my all time favorites. I have always been wondering why, so often, very gifted artists have been tortured souls and left this world at a young age. Thanks for this post, Amy.


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