September 22, 2023


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Artwork Historical past Information: Van Gogh’s Cypresses

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 he Metropolitan Museum of Artwork introduced in the present day {that a} groundbreaking exhibition of some 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) can be on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from Might 22 by means of August 27, 2023. Van Gogh’s Cypresses would be the first present to deal with the distinctive imaginative and prescient the artist dropped at bear on the towering timber—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 authentic energy of expression. A spread of beautiful 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” timber in Arles to realizing their full evocative potential (“as I see them”) on the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Iconic work corresponding to Wheat Discipline with Cypresses and The Starry Night time will take their place because the centerpiece of this historic exhibition, which can solely be offered at The Met.  

“The present is a dream come true,” stated Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. “Marking the One hundred and seventieth-anniversary yr of his start, this extremely centered survey unpacks Van Gogh’s distinctive imaginative and prescient of the commanding cypress timber. A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of works presents each an summary and an intimate glimpse of his inventive course of, difficult prevailing notions with contemporary 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 Discipline with Cypresses

and Cypresses

highlights of the exhibition will embody 

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

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

Nation Street in Provence by Night time (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 kind to the storied cypresses in works as putting 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.

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