Reproduced in repetition on this umbrella is Van Gogh's The Starry Night (1889). It is perhaps the artist's best-known piece. The painting depicts the night sky outside Van Gogh's window during his stay at a mental institution in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. Van Gogh committed himself to the hospital in 1889 after he severed his ear with a razor. He later delivered the ear wrapped in paper to a brothel he frequented. It was at the hospital that he arguably created his best work including the blue self portrait.
(photograph taken on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets in Chapel Hill)