This does not detract from the tremendous need for, shall I say the word - religion - so I go outside at night to paint the stars' (From a letter to his brother Theo, 1888).
The painting shows the night sky as seen from Van Gogh's room in the lunatic asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he was admitted voluntarily for a year shortly before his death. The asylum was located in a spacious, old monastery where there was also space for a studio. It was here that Van Gogh created many sketches and paintings, of which The Starry Night has become, retrospectively, one of the most iconic works of art history.
This glass paperweight features one of the most iconic paintings, Starry Night by Van Gogh.