Cypresses (Les Cyprès)
Vincent van Gogh's rich correspondence with his brother Theo permits a rare insight into the conception and development of his works. Writing on the subject of cypresses, the focus of a number of works, van Gogh expressed his intense feelings about these majestic trees: "The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts; I should like to make something of them, because it astonishes me that they have not been done as I see them. It is as beautiful in lines and proportions as an Egyptian obelisk, and the green is of so distinguished a quality. It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine."
The monumentality and free style of this drawing, made after a painting of the same subject (now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), place it among the artist's finest works on paper.
- Artist: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853-1890
- Medium: Reed pen, graphite, quill, and brown and black ink on wove Latune et Cie Balcons paper
- Place Made: France
- Dates: June 1889
- Dimensions: 24 3/8 x 18 5/8 in. (61.9 x 47.3 cm) Other: 24 1/2 x 18in. (62.2 x 45.7cm) (show scale)
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 38.123
- Credit Line: Frank L. Babbott Fund and the A. Augustus Healy Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Cypresses (Les Cyprès), June 1889. Reed pen, graphite, quill, and brown and black ink on wove Latune et Cie Balcons paper, 24 3/8 x 18 5/8 in. (61.9 x 47.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund and the A. Augustus Healy Fund, 38.123
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)