Funnily enough, this is also a great build up to my review on the current RA's most-successful and prob most-loved exhibition this year - " The Read Van Gogh: the artist and his letters".
Starry Night is one of my favourite Van Gogh paintings. I don't remember the first time I saw this painting but I remember being very very young. It has always mesmerized me, the colours, (and later) the brush strokes... something haunting about the stars. And I have always loved stars, especially gazing at them at night by the beach during the Summer holidays in those young days... how much bigger, brighter and more beautiful they are than normal ("normal" to me was big city, big lights and very rare shinning stars).
.. and Vincent's painting reminded me of those summer nights I love so much. Like Vincent while living in the city sometimes I would miss those starry starry summer nights. Perhaps that was why song then the painting came into my head?
Don Mclean's "Vincent" , also a song that moves me very much. Don not only describes one of VG most famous paintings with beautiful lyrics but he also talks about the artist that many misunderstood, an artist should be known for more than just his paintings and his insanity.