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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Van Gogh - Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC

Cypresses, 1889 (click image to enlarge)
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City

"Cypresses" was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his year long voluntary stay as a patient in the asylum in Saint-Remy.  The subject, which he found "as beautiful of line and proportion as an Egyptian obelisk, both captivated and challenged the artist: "It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but it is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine."  Van Gogh's initial fascination with cypresses resulted in these paintings" two showing the "big and massive trees" at close range, in vertical format (this and one in the Kroller-Muller Museum, Orrerlo), and a majestic horizontal view "Wheat Field with Cypresses", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

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