Cypresses

Cypresses

"We’ve had some fine hot days and I’ve got some more canvases on the go, so that there are 12 no. 30 canvases on the stocks. Two studies of cypresses of that difficult shade of bottle green. I’ve worked their foregrounds with thick impastos of white lead which gives firmness to the ground. I believe that Monticellis were very often prepared in this way. One then places other colours on top. But I don’t know if the canvases are strong enough for this work." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Tuesday, 25 June 1889
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From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:  “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.”  Cypresses – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

“We’ve had some fine hot days and I’ve got some more canvases on the go, so that there are 12 no. 30 canvases on the stocks.  Two studies of cypresses of that difficult shade of bottle green.  I’ve worked their foregrounds with thick impastos of white lead which gives firmness to the ground. I believe that Monticellis were very often prepared in this way. One then places other colours on top. But I don’t know if the canvases are strong enough for this work.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Tuesday, 25 June 1889

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 95 x 73  Size 30 figure
Saint-Rémy, France: June 24, 1889
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York, United States of America, North America
F: 613, JH: 1746

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