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Wheat Field with Cypresses

Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
Wheat Field with Cypresses, Vincent Van Gogh
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Wheat Field with Cypresses is a Post-Impressionist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Woods, Forests, & Trees. SourceDownload

Van Gogh painted these cypresses three times through the window of his room in the Saint-Rémy asylum. They are warm, sunny landscapes but with the narrow field of view of a port-holed observer. On July 2, 1889, Van Gogh described the works to his brother Theo in a letter: “I have a canvas of cypresses with a few ears of wheat, poppies, a blue sky, which is like a multicolored Scotch plaid.”

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Few artists bared their souls like Van Gogh. In his letters to his brother Theo, his friend Gauguin, and many other artists and patrons, we experience first-hand the tortured optimism of a humble genius.

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