The beautiful use of flowing light has amazed us all.
He admitted himself after cutting off a piece of his own ear during a psychotic episode. Even Van Gogh thought this was worth capturing with a self-portrait.
This condition is known to result in hallucinations as well as feelings of inspiration and fascination. Many believe that Van Gogh’s psychosis may have inspired the beautifully turbulent nature of this work.
When analyzing telescope images and the natural flow of light in and around the stars, they were struck by how similar it was to the flow of light in Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Something more complex and mysterious was behind this striking similarity though.
Interestingly, only paintings Van Gogh made during his psychosis mimicked actual fluid turbulence – a principle that scientists haven’t been able to characterize in decades of research.
that the normal, healthy brain doesn’t have access to.
He is thought to have committed suicide with little recognition of his life’s work – or his inherent genius, as we’ve now discovered!