Vincent van Gogh painted "Starry Night over the Rhone" in 1888 while he was living in the southern French city of Arles. The painting is one of his most popular works and has become a symbol of Post-Impressionist painting, and indeed, of Van Gogh's entire career.
Van Gogh painted the work while standing on the banks of the Rhone River, and the painting reflects the emotions he felt while looking out over the still waters as the sun set. Van Gogh composed the painting to capture the beauty of the night sky, using bold blues and yellows to represent the richness of the stars above the river. He juxtaposed the river to the night sky, adding a sense of movement and depth to the painting.
He also incorporated small figures of people walking along the banks of the Rhone River, emphasizing a sense of time and motion. Van Gogh further enhanced the painting by adding reflections of the stars in the river’s still surface.
Since its creation, the painting has inspired countless interpretations and has been reproduced countless times, making it one of Van Gogh's most iconic pieces of artwork. Most notably, it is featured prominently in the 2010 film "A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." Today, the painting is housed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.