The post-impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh had mastered the art of expressing through the negative spaces in his compositions. Van Gogh, a master who painted prolifically through his short troubled life, was unable to sell more than one painting in his lifetime. But, his posthumously recognized genius was to guide generations of artists, including masters like Picasso. Some of his most famous works, like ‘the cat’, are brilliant studies in negative space expressions. Even in his most well known painting, ‘the Starry Night’, the negative space in the form of the sky (background) occupies the upper two thirds of the canvas, while the objects like the hills, houses and fields are limited to the lower third of it. This negative space of the night sky is painted in swirls of blue-purple, contrasting highly with the luminous yellow-orange stars and crescent moon, attracting the observer and evoking intense emotions. The drama of this space contrasts with the peaceful aura surrounding the houses and hills in the lower part of the painting. Thus, it becomes the protagonist in the scheme, the bearer of the message, the conveyer of emotions.