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The Starry Night
A painting of a scene at night with 10 swirly stars, Venus, and a bright yellow crescent Moon. In the background are hills, in the foreground a cypress tree and houses.
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1889
Catalogue
  • F612
  • JH1731
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 73.7 cm × 92.1 cm (28.7 in × 36+14 in)
Location Museum of Modern Art, New York City

The Starry Night is an oil on canvas painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.

Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from a window just before sunrise, with the addition of an imaginary village.

It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941, acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest.

The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in Western art.

It was one of the last paintings he made.

Painting materials

The painting was investigated by the scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The pigment analysis has shown that the sky was painted with ultramarine and cobalt blue and for the stars and the Moon Van Gogh employed the rare pigment indian yellow together with zinc yellow.

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