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Van Gogh's Cypresses at the Met

This is an exceptional exhibition of some 40 works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) which will be presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from May 22 to August 27, 2023. For the first time, the "Cypresses of Van Gogh " focus on the artist's vision of these towering trees.

A range of stunning works will shed light on the extent of Van Gogh's fascination with the region's flamboyant conifers during the two years he spent in the south of France.

Vincent Van Gogh. Champs de blé avec cyprès. 1889. National Gallery London.
Vincent Van Gogh. Wheat Fields with Cypresses. 1889. National Gallery London.

The visitor will be able to contemplate Vincent's first observations of these "tall and dark trees" in Arles, until the realization of their full evocative potential ("as I see them") at the asylum of Saint-Rémy de Provence.

Iconic paintings such as 'Wheat Fields with Cypresses" and 'Starry Night' will be the centerpieces of this historic exhibition, which will only be on view at the Met.

Vincent Van Gogh. Nuit étoilée. 1889. Museum of Modern Art NYC
Vincent Van Gogh. Starry night. 1889. Museum of Modern Art NYC

"This exhibition is a dream come true," said Max Hollein, Director of the Met. "Marking the 170th anniversary of his birth, it unveils Van Gogh's distinctive vision of these towering trees. It is a unique collection of works that provide an intimate insight into Vincent Van Gogh's creative process..."

Vincent Van Gogh. Self Portrait. 1889. Musée d'Orsay. Paris
Vincent Van Gogh. Self Portrait. 1889. Musée d'Orsay. Paris

Juxtaposing iconic paintings with treasured drawings and illustrated letters - some rarely, if ever, loaned or exhibited together - this very precisely crafted thematic exhibition will provide an extraordinary opportunity to re-appreciate some of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous works in a context that will reveal the story of their creation for the first time.

"Van Gogh's Cypresses" are presented by Susan Alyson Stein, Curator of 19th Century European Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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