Starry Night / Starless Night

In this excellent post Charles Kessler blogs the conversation between Charles Garabedian's painting Starless Night (2009) and Van Gogh's Starry Night.  Although technical similarities are in evidence, Kessler notes that "their subject matter couldn’t be more different. The Van Gogh, of course, is about the awesome power of God or nature ... Garabedian’s subject, on the other hand, is about man-made ruination."  Here Kessler discovers Garabedian's painting engaging in another conversation, this time in the "ordinariness" of the violence depicted, "like the soldiers executing prisoners in Goya's Third of May."