Saturday, November 20, 2010

Art Inspires

Aptly named “Van Gogh from Space,” this picture was taken by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from a satellite. Rebecca Roth, of NASA, describes the picture:

' In the style of Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Night,” massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants.'

Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night" painted in 1889 is considered to be his magnum opus. The Dutch post impressionist work depicts the view outside his sanatorium room window at night. Since 1941 it has been on permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

It's interesting to think about how art surrounds and delights us through nature's realistic depictions, and through the talented work of artists in a host of genres.

Yesterday I marveled at a tri colour beech whose leaves fell like brittle gold shrouds with the slightest breeze.

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

NASA story via: Gizmodo