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Cypresses (Les Cyprès)

Vincent van Gogh

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Brown ink and graphite 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
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Cypresses (Les Cyprès), June 1889. Brown ink and graphite 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 A. Augustus Healy Fund, 38.123 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.123_SL1.jpg)
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