Originally posted on Deo Optimo Maximo:
“Vincent” is one of my favorite songs by Don McLean, who wrote it as his respectful tribute to Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionistartist. This song is also known by its opening line, “Starry Starry Night“, a reference to Van Gogh’s 1888 painting “The Starry Night” or “De sterrennacht” in Dutch. Don McLean wrote the lyric in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the Vincent van Gogh. Don McLean refers to various paintings by Vincent van Gogh in this song – the everlasting paintings that truly speak million words regarding Van Gogh’s amazing creativity and outstanding talent as an artist.
The song clearly highlights the respect and admiration for Van Gogh and his amazing work. The song includes references to his landscape works, in lines such as “sketch the trees and the daffodils
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