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Large Plane Trees

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Creator Name: Gogh, Vincent Van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1853 - 1890
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Vincent van Gogh
Title: Large Plane Trees
Title Type: Primary
Title: Les grands platanes
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1889
Creation End Date: 1889
Creation Date: 1889
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 73.4cm x 91.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1947.209
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Context: In the spring of 1889, after suffering a severe seizure, Van Gogh voluntarily committed himself to an asylum in the town of Sainte-Rémy in southern France. Realizing that his attacks were intermittent, his doctor soon consented to short painting trips outside the hospital. While walking through the town that November, Van Gogh was struck by the sight of the laborers repairing a road beneath immense plane trees. Rushing to capture the yellowing leaves but lacking a proper canvas, he painted on a piece of cheap linen that had a pattern of small red diamonds, visible in the picture's many unpainted areas. "In spite of the cold," he wrote to his brother in Paris, "I have gone on working outside till now, and I think it is doing me good and the work too."Shortly after completing this painting he produced another version of the same subject that is now in the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1947.209
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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