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!

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Your opinion matters
Ike Hinlo Caceres
Very interesting.
Apr 14, 2017 3:12AM
Jim Harrington
Apr 14, 2017 5:34PM
Gay Schneider Kotch
How interesting
Apr 15, 2017 9:46AM
Cheryl Callahan
Apr 15, 2017 6:20PM
Anna Holliday-Midcap
I love is protral of his art to my intrepatation of common items. I just understand the flow of his art.
Apr 16, 2017 7:54PM
Joy Farlow
Very interesting
Apr 17, 2017 12:42AM
Linda Smith
Seeems he is depicting a meteor shower . Some of his paintings are most interesting.
Apr 17, 2017 7:13AM
Sandy Jackson
I have read that this painting is the result of an eye condition causing his vision to be distorted.
Apr 17, 2017 7:48PM
George Oliver Prince
Good information, learned something
Apr 17, 2017 11:29PM
Kathie Streicker
Quite interesting.
Apr 18, 2017 9:51AM
Peter Paplawsky
People whose uncorrected eyesight doesn't allow them to see stars as tiny points of light see them as diffuse "fuzzy" blobs. This is a more simple, reasonable (and probably more accurate) reason for the artist to paint his Starry Night this way. It's the way he saw it.
Apr 18, 2017 5:33PM
Bob Bracegirdle
Wish he'd learn how to pronounce Gogh.
Apr 19, 2017 2:00AM
Marri Cole-Elsholz
Maybe, but I think he saw this because of his sad mental state.
Apr 19, 2017 12:11PM
Gary S. Hughes
Love the art
Apr 19, 2017 6:48PM
Peter Korpics Jr.
Absinthe induced hallucinations.
Apr 19, 2017 8:19PM

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