Roots and Tree Trunks (1890) by Vincent Van Gogh

Roots and Tree Trunks - Vincent Van Gogh - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleRoots and Tree Trunks
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50 x 100 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationVan Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location Created France
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About Roots and Tree Trunks

Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Tree Roots and Trunks” is an oil painting created in July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. The artwork symbolizes the artist’s lifetime struggles, and it depicts a clutter of bright colors and whimsical nonconcrete forms. Van Gogh often painted scenes of trees and woods, sometimes cutting off compositions unusually. This specific painting centered on gnarled black roots with their knots regarded as life’s struggle.

Recently, the exact location where “Tree Roots and Trunks” was created got discovered by Wouter van der Veen, but the artwork has been celebrated for its unique expressionism. While some art enthusiasts consider it a masterpiece due to its complexity, others value it for how it evokes emotion within them.

Van Gogh had a special interest in nature’s dichotomy between beauty and ugliness, which emanates from irregularly shaped trees or roots that are hidden underneath soil lines’ surfaces. His approach is seen through this artwork, where he used bold strokes combined with his signature vibrant palette to create an emotive piece that showcased nature’s imperfections.

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