the starry night van gogh original painting value
Surveying the works that would become known as his Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy series, he wrote to Theo, “All in all the only things I consider a little good in it are the Wheatfield, the Mountain, the Orchard, the Olive trees with the blue hills and the Portrait and the Entrance to the quarry, and the rest says nothing to me.”
Bliss was the daughter of a textile merchant who used her grand wealth to become one of the foremost collectors of modern art in the early 20th century. Alongside Mary Quinn Sullivan and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, she helped found Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art. Following her death in 1931, The Lillie P. Bliss Bequest turned much of her collection over to MoMA, creating the nucleus of the museum’s collection in the midst of the Great Depression. In 1941, three pieces from Bliss’s impressive collection were sold so that MoMA could acquire Starry Night.
NEW YORK (AFP) – Christie’s kicked off the fall auction season in New York on Monday with a Vincent van Gogh painting leading the way at US$81.3 million (S$111 million) amid robust sales of impressionist and modern art.
Van Gogh began the painting of a ploughman tilling the soil in late August 1889 and completed it on Sept 2, the first time he picked up his brushes for a month and a half after an epileptic fit. He died the following year.
Art historian Lauren Soth also finds a symbolist subtext in The Starry Night, saying that the painting is a “traditional religious subject in disguise”  and a “sublimated image of [Van Gogh’s] deepest religious feelings.”  Citing Van Gogh’s avowed admiration for the paintings of Eugène Delacroix, and especially the earlier painter’s use of Prussian blue and citron yellow in paintings of Christ, Soth theorizes that Van Gogh used these colors to represent Christ in The Starry Night.  He criticizes Schapiro’s and Loevgren’s biblical interpretations, dependent as they are on a reading of the crescent moon as incorporating elements of the Sun. He says it is merely a crescent moon, which, he writes, also had symbolic meaning for Van Gogh, representing “consolation.” 
He wrote about existing in another dimension after death and associated this dimension with the night sky. “It would be so simple and would account so much for the terrible things in life, which now amaze and wound us so, if life had yet another hemisphere, invisible it is true, but where one lands when one dies.”  “Hope is in the stars,” he wrote, but he was quick to point out that “earth is a planet too, and consequently a star, or celestial orb.”  And he stated flatly that The Starry Night was “not a return to the romantic or to religious ideas.” 
4) Physicist Jose Luis Aragon compared the turbulent play of light and dark in such works as “Starry Night” to the mathematical expression of turbulence in such natural occurrences as as whirlpools and air streams. He found they matched very closely. Two other Van Gogh paintings from 1890, WheatField with Crows and Road with Cypress and Star also feature this mathematical parallel. Aragon suggests that since the artist created these particular artworks during periods of extreme mental agitation, Van Gogh was uniquely able to accurately communication that agitation using precise gradations of luminescence.
Starry Night depicts a dreamy interpretation of the artist’s asylum room’s sweeping view of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Though Van Gogh revisited this scene in his work on several occasions, “Starry Night” is the only nocturnal study of the view. Thus, in addition to descriptions evident in the myriad of letters he wrote to his brother, Theo, it offers a rare nighttime glimpse into what the artist saw while in isolation. “Through the iron-barred window I can make out a square of wheat in an enclosure,” he wrote in May of 1889, “above which in the morning I see the sun rise in its glory.”
29 x 36 1/4″ (73.7 x 92.1 cm), oil on canvas
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery