Cypresses (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh

Cypresses - VAN GOGH, Vincent - 1889 - 2

Artwork Information

ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumInk on Paper
Dimensions62.3 x 46.8 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationBrooklyn Museum, New York City, NY, US
Location Created Saint-rémy-de-provence, France
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About Cypresses

Vincent Van Gogh’s Cypresses, painted in 1889, depicts a pair of cypress trees located in the French countryside. This late nineteenth-century oil canvas is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and portrays an asymmetrical balance. The green, conical shapes are contrasted against a bright blue sky, making them stand out.

During the same year, Van Gogh created several versions of A Wheatfield, with Cypresses while institutionalized at St-Rémy. In September 1889, he completed The National Gallery’s painting with less intensity but kept it lyrically beautiful. His career as a painter was short but revolutionary in practice and styles for his intense vision, marvelous sense of color and extraordinary boldness that influenced twentieth-century art.

Van Gogh found cypresses to be “beautiful as regards lines and proportions” like an Egyptian obelisk when creating additional depictions beyond this painting. Other well-known examples include sunflowers and wheat fields.

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