After the self-mutilation of his left ear, Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum, a former monastery. It catered to the wealthy and therefore was not full, which allowed him to use a ground-floor room as his studio. During the year he stayed there, he produced some of his best-known works, including the Irises, his blue self-portrait and The Starry Night. The Starry Night was depicting his view facing the east, a view which he painted many times. The Starry Night has been interpreted in so many ways and certainly portrays his view from his unique perspective. For all his life, he suffered from mental health issues, including hallucinations. Accordingly, his visualization of the world was certainly colorful. And his background as a missionary, a negative experience for him, surely plays into the painting’s lack of a light only in the church. In his time, he was considered a complete failure, but subsequently his art has become the most expensive ever. Having a daughter who is an artist, I appreciate how a creative genius can struggle to be recognized. I hope that everyone reading this post will help bring value to her life’s work. Visit her website and share it with others.