Van Gogh's mystery - What is really depicted in his most famous painting?

For over a hundred years, people have been wondering about what is represented in the famous "The Starry Night". Is the mystery finally revealed? Let's find out!

Vincent van Gogh painted "The Starry night" in June 1889, a year before his death. This picture is considered to be not only one of the best works of the artist but also one of the most important works of Western painting.

In 2004, using the space telescope "Hubble", scientists observed the tourbillon of a cloud of dust and gas around a distant star, which reminded them of van Gogh's painting " "The Starry Night."

They began to study the light in the painting in detail and found a distinct model of fluid turbulence patterns. It turned out that when the famous Dutch painter was in a hospital in France he captured one of the most rare and elusive concepts in science - turbulence.

So what is turbulence?

Turbulence or turbulent flow is a concept in fluid dynamics where a flow of energy cascade spontaneously forms large tourbillons that generate smaller tourbillons, which, in their turn, generate even smaller ones. It is difficult to describe from the mathematical point of view but can be represented visually:

Over a hundred years ago, Van Gogh, being in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, somehow was able to realize and express one of the highly complex concepts that nature has presented to humanity - the greatest mystery of motion, flow and light combined together.

Learn more about this natural mystery and Van Gogh's art:

Are you interested in art? Have you ever thought about the meaning of this masterpiece? Do you think scientists have really found the answer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

SHARE if you are surprised that this unique artist was able to capture and depict such rare and elusive concept!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Terry Bremer
...I wish people would stop trying to explain everything, in terns they 'they' can understand, and just sit back and enjoy the 'genius' for what it is...just plain genius.
May 29, 2019 4:59PM
Carol Bruyere
I just enjoy the painting
Jul 17, 2019 7:39PM
It is my favourite painting and has been since I first saw it...I don't really care what you think he saw...I care that he created a wonderful work of art for all to enjoy...
Oct 2, 2021 11:30AM
Lynne Cage
Interesting 🤔 thnx for sharing
Sep 25, 2021 3:32AM
Rita Mc Grath Dussault
Thank you for the best explanation of the painting. I do enjoy it so much more after reading this. I always feel so sad reading about his life but reading what this picture conveys makes much more sense to me than all the other comments I read. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Cyndie Clements Stevens,
Jan 16, 2021 5:19PM
Yes & Venus which thus appears in it. Is thus known as The Morning & Evening Star... 😱😱😱
Jan 10, 2021 5:46AM
I Agree ☝🏾
Jun 26, 2020 5:03PM
Just understand what he was saying in art language.
Apr 12, 2020 11:31PM
Personally, I think he had eye problems.
Feb 12, 2020 5:32PM
Wayne Roberts
Please respect the man by learning how to pronounce his name correctly! He was Dutch by the way and the correct pronunciation can be googled.
Feb 10, 2020 9:28PM
Joe Anders
Me too Polly Culberson,
Dec 23, 2019 4:16PM
Norma Cullerton
When ones eyesight becomes weaker over the years, or due to damage to the eye, bright lights become much more radiant, since there were no bright headlights back in Van Gogh's era, bright stars would probably have the same effect in the Artist's world at that time. (my theory).
Dec 6, 2019 6:53PM
Polly Culberson
I think it's more the state of mind Vincent was in, suffering from Bi-Polar disorder as he was. He went through periods of mania and depression. I loved seeing his work in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum.
Oct 13, 2019 10:48PM
Karen Hollis
I went to the Van Gogh exhibition in London recently and viewed this - It really is a beautiful and detailed piece of work..
Oct 11, 2019 4:44PM
Penny Lange
Terry Bremer, you are so right!!!!
Sep 11, 2019 9:19PM
Terry Bremer, I agree 100%
Sep 4, 2019 6:17PM
Agree Terry Bremer,
Aug 1, 2019 11:38PM

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