The Starry Night is one of the more well-known paintings in the world of art by an equally famous Vincent van Gogh. Starry night was created in 1889 and was created to depict the view from the asylum window Van Gogh stayed in, just before sunrise. The painting was moved to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1941 where it has permanently been kept since. After the breakdown that resulted in Van Gogh mutilating his left ear, Vincent voluntarily admitted himself into an asylum that was catered to the wealthy.
While in the asylum, Van Gogh was not allowed to paint, but was allowed to make sketches in ink or charcoal on paper. When he was released, Van Gogh took his sketches and memories of the view from his east window and created the Starry Night.