1744 The Starry Nights of Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch: Tales of Astronomy in Art

Friday, February 19, 2010: 10:30 AM
Room 11B (San Diego Convention Center)
Donald W. Olson , Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
How do astronomical methods make it possible to calculate dates and times for Vincent van Gogh’s night-sky paintings?  Why is there a blood-red sky in Edvard Munch’s The Scream?  What celestial objects are visible in Edvard Munch’s Starry Night and The Storm? On what dates did Ansel Adams create his moonrise photographs in Yosemite?  At what time of day did Claude Monet observe the Thames bridges and Parliament for his London series of paintings?  Are Frederic Church’s sky paintings based on careful observation?  To answer questions like these, our Texas State group has published a series of articles over the last two decades, applying astronomy to art.
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