Art and Images in Psychiatry
November 2002

The Starry Night (La Nuit Etoilée)

Author Affiliations

James C.HarrisMD


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(11):978-979. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.59.11.978

When one experiences the stars and infinity with great vividness, then despite the routine, life becomes almost enchanted. When I have a terrible need of—shall I say the word?—religion, then I go out at night to paint the stars.—Vincent van Gogh1

ON APRIL 24, 1889, Theo van Gogh2 made the following request to the director of the Hospital of Saint-Paul–de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France:

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