Starry Night, 1893 by Edvard Munch
Starry Night follows Van Gogh's work, of the same title but of very different conception, by about three years. It exists in two similar versions painted in oil pin canvas, of which this is the earlier. Sky, water, and earth, divided yet rejoined in a larger unity, are the subject of this work. Land and sea are locked in an embrace in which each advances toward and recedes from the other. The dividing line marking the contiguous position of the two elements undulates boldly from the left foreground deep into the picture space before losing itself in the conspicuously inverted U-form fashioned by the combined tree crowns. Contained in this anthropomorphic vision of nature are the recurrent themes of human life and love rendered through an impersonal parable.