Yvonne Lenders asks whether it is possible that Vincent was short-sighted. She adds: 'Because without my glasses, I see stars just as he painted them.'
Van Gogh wasn’t short-sighted, but he may have squinted when he was studying the stars. If you look at a light source through your eyelashes, you’ll see that it’s surrounded by a ring of light that gets gradually more translucent. That’s how Van Gogh painted Starry Night over the Rhône in 1888.
A little under a year later, he painted another starry night – this time, using his characteristic, almost graphic brushstrokes.
From the Musée d'Orsay collection.