Wheat Field with Cypresses (National Gallery – London)

Wheat Field with Cypresses (National Gallery – London)

"At the end of the month you can rely on 12 no. 30 canvases I dare say, but there will be almost the same ones twice, the study and the final painting." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Thursday, 5 and Friday, 6 September 1889
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15th of September 1889
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Done for Vincent’s sister Will –  based upon the June 1889 canvas of the same view (F: 717) and painted as Vincent is beginning to feel recovered after a long bout of incapacitation from Mid-July to September of 1889 at the asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence.  This canvas was done after the 45 day seizure at a time when he was not comfortable going outside of the asylum so he painted new versions of images he liked, in this case a canvas from June.

“At the end of the month you can rely on 12 no. 30 canvases I dare say, but there will be almost the same ones twice, the study and the final painting. Anyway later – perhaps my journey into the south will bear fruit however, because the difference of the stronger light, the blue sky, that teaches one to see, and then above all and even only when one sees that for a long time.

The north will certainly appear completely new to me, but I’ve looked so much at the things that I’ve become strongly attached to them, and I’ll remain melancholy for a long time.  I’m thinking of a funny thing. Modern art is discussed in Manette Salomon, and some artist or other speaking of ‘what will remain’ says: what will remain are ‘the landscape artists’ – that had a grain of truth, because CorotDaubignyDupréRousseau – Millet as a landscape painter, that lasts, and when Corot says on his deathbed: in a dream I saw landscapes with completely pink skies, it was charming; then – very good – in MonetPissarroRenoir we see those completely pink skies, so the landscape painters do last well, that was darned true.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Thursday, 5 and Friday, 6 September 1889

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 72.5 x 91.5 cm Size 30 Figure
Saint-Rémy: September 15, 1889
National Gallery
London, United Kingdom, Europe
F: 615, JH: 1755

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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