Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night

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Vincent van Gogh uses lines in The Starry Night to grab the audience’s attention and portray his emotions. His use of lines is “emotional and provocative” (Anderson and Carson, 30). According to our textbook, the night sky is painted with thick, swirling lines that surround bright yellow stars, creating a sense of supernatural energy (Anderson and Carson, 30). Van Gogh is actively using lines to convey emotions. This painting is unique among Van Gogh’s paintings. According to, “it came entirely from Van Gogh’s imagination.” He usually painted things he saw in real life ( The artist was living in a mental asylum, suffering hallucinations, and having thoughts of suicide ( Van Gogh