Reading The Venus inspired the painter The exact date of Van Gogh's crushing painting? White House in the Night? Scientists from Southwestern Texas State University were able to identify them. Accordingly, the post-impressionist had completed this on 16 June 1890 at about 20 clock, so shortly before he shot himself, as Discovery News announced.

The painting was made by Van Gogh in the French city of Auvers-sur-Oise, where he painted a white house with a radiant celestial body in the night sky. Donald Olson, professor of physics and head of the investigation, found out that only one house in Auvers matches the house of the painting. In addition, the painting had to be created before June 17, because that day Van Gogh describes the painting in a letter to his brother Theo.

However, in the short span of time between Van Gogh's arrival at Auvers and his letter to Theo, there was only one bright star that could be seen exactly in the sky, as in Van Gogh's image: Venus. With the help of old weather records, the scientists found out that only June 16 was clear and therefore only that day was in question for Van Gogh's observations. "Shortly after sunset, the radiant Venus appeared on the horizon and to the right of the house, " Olson said. This accuracy in Van Gogh's picture confirms that the artist was a very good observer of the sky.

The painting "White House in the Night? was not until 1995 in an exhibition in the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg resurfaced. The Red Army had stolen it from the Germans during the Second World War. display

Birgit Kahler

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