The Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh, June 1889

We begin our journey in aesthetic wellbeing with Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most famous painters. Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is one of the most influential figures in the history of western art. In just over a decade, he created about 2100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. The Starry Night was inspired by the view from his window at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, in southern France, where he spent twelve months in 1889–90 seeking reprieve from his mental illnesses.
We recommend the following for learning more about Vincent Van Gogh:
– Read Lust for Life (1934), a biographical novel written by Irving Stone. 
– Listen to Don Mclean’s song ‘Vincent’.
– Watch these two movies: 1) Loving Vincent: An experimental animated film (2017), directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman. 2) Vincent: Documentary (1987), directed by Paul Cox.