Van Gogh: Two Cypresses (1889)

Vincent van Gogh: Two Cypresses, Source: The Met

Cypresses was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found “beautiful as regards lines and proportions, like an Egyptian obelisk,” both captivated and challenged the artist: “It’s the dark patch in a sun-drenched landscape, but it’s one of the most interesting dark notes, the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine.” One of two close-up views of the “very tall and massive” trees in a vertical format (the other is in the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo), Cypresses was shown in the 1890 Salon des Indépendants.

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  1. Jim W. says:

    Vincent is God 🙏🙏

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    1. My #1 of all time – no one else comes close. 🙂❤️

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      1. Jim W. says:

        Manet is my guy…but V. is up there…one of the gods

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  2. His cypress trees vibrate with the energy of Nature’s creative power, invisible to our limited human vision. Therein, in my opinion, lies his mastery as an artist.

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    1. It does vibrate! I wonder what he saw as he painted – always fascinating. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene. 🙂

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