Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Explained to Passersby in the NYC Subway
Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in all of art history, and has become a textbook example of “post-impressionist” painting. But its aesthetic beauty is often intertwined with the tortured life story of its creator — he painted it while staying in an asylum, only a few months before his death, a rumored suicide.
Our art critic, Jerry Saltz, took a replica of Starry Night underground, in the hopes of learning what New Yorkers make of it and helping them understand the work — and the man behind it.
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