Thursday, June 28, 2007

timeless beauty

Starry Night - 1889, one of Vincent Van Gogh's most renowned paintings. (click to enlarge)

The olives with white clouds and background of mountains, also the moonrise and the night effect, these are exaggerations from the point of view of arrangement, their lines are warped as that of old wood. ~Van Gogh

The painting was the inspiration for Don McLean's song Vincent, he wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the Van Gogh. A copy of the sheet music is in a safe beneath the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, along with a set of Van Gogh's paint brushes, the hat he wore while painting Starry Night, and various other items.

starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer's day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they'll listen now.

Does this reminds you of another time in your life, perhaps a simpler or happier time? Or maybe a college assignment to analyze this composer's timeless thoughts?

the rest of the song's lyrics here

Starry Night is "Today's Featured Picture" on Wikipedia


Carrie said...

You know the painting is famous worldwide when you personally own car sunvisors with the Starry Night picture on them.

I do my part to add culture to my little country town.... =)

The Calico Cat said...

That is one of my all time favorite songs/Albums (later Cassette, later CD)...

Ava said...

Great post! This is my first visit and I'll be back again soon!

jellyhead said...

Yes, I love that song, too.

Can't believe there are sunvisors with that picture on them - how funny!!

Dewey said...

Actually, this reminds me of my husband, who, shortly after we met, emailed me a link to the song and an attachment of the painting so I could look and listen at the same time. :)

Kerri said...

Two more of my favorite things...Van Gogh and Don McLean's Starry Starry Night. Love that song! Yes, it does conjure up another time, but no specific memory pops into my head...just younger days. Nice.
The painting makes me think of my visit to the Met in NY City a few years ago, where I stood in awe in front of original paintings! What a feeling to know simple (well, perhaps complicated is a better word) men painted these lines and shapes so many years ago!

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