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Creator Name: Gogh, Vincent Van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, 1853-1890
Creator Name-CRT: Vincent van Gogh
Title: Cypresses
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1889
Creation End Date: 1889
Creation Date: 1889
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36 3/4 x 29 1/8 in. (93.4 x 74 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 49.30
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1949

This canvas, presumably "Le Cyprès" shown in the 1890 Salon des Indépendants in Paris, was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his year-long confinement at the asylum in Saint-Rémy (May 1889-May 1890). The motif, which he found "as beautiful of line and proportion as an Egyptian obelisk," both captivated and challenged the artist: "It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but it is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off that I can imagine." "Cypresses" and "Wheat Field with Cypresses" (MMA, 1993.132) were intended as part of a series of cypresses that would be the "contrast and yet the equivalent" of the sunflower paintings Van Gogh had executed earlier in Arles.

AMICA ID: MMA_.49.30
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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