Vincent van Gogh and J.S. Bach
"The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas... Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground. To express hope by a handful of stars… " 33-year old Vincent wrote to his brother Theo about the painting "Starry Night Over the Rhone". The painting was finished while van Gogh was in Arles, just before he committed himself to the asylum in Saint-Remy. The challenge of painting at night intrigued van Gogh. The vantage point he chose for Starry Night Over the Rhône allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting in Arles across the glimmering blue water of the Rhône. In the foreground, two lovers stroll by the banks of the river.
Kirill Korsunenko plays Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”