When Isabelle first told me of a shady person wandering my island, and I bumped into Redd, the first painting he sold me was titled, “Twinkling Painting” in my inventory. A bit of an odd title, and I was curious to see what it looked like.

I took it straight to Blathers, and imagine my surprise when that “Twinkling Painting” turned out to be one of my favorite paintings of all time – The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

The Twinkling Painting

The Twinkling Painting is always genuine. (Thank goodness. I’m not sure I want to know how they would have modified it to create a fake version!)

Once placed in the museum, the description provided on the plaque will read,

The Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Oil on Canvas

Van Gogh’s signature piece, painted while he was hospitalized at an asylum. The view from his room includes memories and imaginations. In letters to friends, the artist called it a failure.

The Starry Night is easily one of Van Gogh’s best works, and certainly one of his most famous. (I am confident you would find it hard to argue that it is not one of the most famous paintings, period.) The actual painting permanently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The Switch is not capable of displaying this painting in its full glory. Please click on it to expand it and really look at how incredible this work of art really is.

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, WikiCommons

It’s such a beautiful painting and it breaks my heart to know that a man who saw such beauty in the world struggled so much in his life and to believe he was a failure.

There is a beautiful episode in Doctor Who that I would highly suggest watching if you haven’t, which features Van Gogh and a lot of his art – and contains what has to be the most beautiful description of his art I have ever heard. The Doctor asks where Van Gogh stands in the history of art:

Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor

There’s really just not a better way to sum up Van Gogh than that. To see that his work is included – twice in New Horizons, is beautiful.

And for a special bonus – here is my quick 5 minute, terrible doodle!

Flurpy's 5 minute doodle of the Twinkling painting!

Looking for more information on the art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out the master list of all the art available!

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