Artwork Historical past Information: Van Gogh’s Cypresses

 he Metropolitan Museum of Artwork introduced at the moment {that a} groundbreaking exhibition of some 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) can be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from Could 22 by August 27, 2023. Van Gogh’s Cypresses would be the first present to give attention to the distinctive imaginative and prescient the artist dropped at bear on the towering bushes—among the many most well-known within the historical past of artwork—affording an unprecedented perspective on a motif just about synonymous with Van Gogh’s fiercely unique energy of expression. A spread of gorgeous works will illuminate the extent of Van Gogh’s fascination with the area’s flamelike evergreens as they successively sparked, fueled, and stoked his creativeness over the course of two years within the South of France: from his preliminary sightings of the “tall and darkish” bushes in Arles to realizing their full evocative potential (“as I see them”) on the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Iconic work corresponding to Wheat Area with Cypresses and The Starry Evening will take their place because the centerpiece of this historic exhibition, which is able to solely be introduced at The Met.  

“The present is a dream come true,” stated Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. “Marking the A hundred and seventieth-anniversary 12 months of his start, this extremely targeted survey unpacks Van Gogh’s distinctive imaginative and prescient of the commanding cypress bushes. A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of works presents each an outline and an intimate glimpse of his artistic course of, difficult prevailing notions with recent insights.” 
Juxtaposing landmark work with valuable drawings and illustrated letters—many not often, if ever, lent or exhibited collectively—this tightly conceived thematic exhibition will supply a unprecedented alternative to understand anew a few of Van Gogh’s most celebrated works in a context that can reveal the backstory of their invention for the primary time.

Anchored by The Met’s 

Wheat Area with Cypresses

and Cypresses

highlights of the exhibition will embrace 

The Starry Night (Museum of Modern Art, New York),

 A Wheatfield, with Cypresses (The Nationwide Gallery, London), and 

Nation Street in Provence by Evening (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo), in addition to drawings from the Artwork Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Susan Alyson Stein, Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Portray at The Met, added: “To an extent that has gone unrecognized, Van Gogh introduced his trademark ambition, dedication, and a uncommon diploma of consideration—and reconsideration—to giving signature type to the storied cypresses in works as hanging for his or her originality as for his or her continuity of imaginative and prescient.”

Van Gogh’s Cypresses is curated by Susan Alyson Stein, Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Portray at The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.


A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, printed by The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork and distributed by Yale College Press.