Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh created the oil canvas Starry Night over the Rhone nine months before his more famous Starry Night, in 1888. The artist was intrigued by the challenges of painting at night and depicting night, which he considered more colorful than it seemed. “Night effects” agitated him, and became something that he was eager to represent in his art.
The masterpiece was painted not far from the House on the Place Lamartine, where the artist lived before he relocating to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum to rest from his emotional suffering. The night sky, the gas lighting, and the blue water of the Rhone were masterfully captured by van Gogh. He used blue and yellow–complementary colours–to enrich the brightness of the lights and their reflections in the river. For some reason, in this painting he didn’t place the Big Bear constellation in the sky accurately as he did in his two other starry night works, namely, Starry Night and Café Terrace at Night.
The painting was first displayed at an annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in Paris in 1889. It was one of a few works by van Gogh that was shown publicly before his death.
Since 1975, the artwork’s home has been in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The canvas is evaluated between $200 and $300 million dollars.