Van Gogh's Cypresses (Hardcover)

Van Gogh's Cypresses By Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale (Contributions by), Silvia Centeno (Contributions by), Alison Hokanson (Contributions by), Marina Kliger (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Susan Alyson Stein, Charlotte Hale (Contributions by), Silvia Centeno (Contributions by), Alison Hokanson (Contributions by), Marina Kliger (Contributions by)
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The first book to study Vincent van Gogh’s fascination with cypresses, the “tall and dark trees” that feature in some of his most iconic pictures

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) immortalized the cypress tree in signature images that have become synonymous with his fiercely original power of expression. This richly illustrated publication illuminates the backstory of his invention for the first time, from his initial investigations of the motif in benchmark drawings from Arles to his realization of their full evocative potential in such iconic canvases as The Starry Night and Wheat Field with Cypresses, painted at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Susan Alyson Stein retraces the Dutch artist’s inspired response to the flamelike evergreens as they gained ground in his works and artistic thinking over the course of his sojourn in the South of France. The volume provides further insight into Van Gogh’s creative process through a technical study focused on two celebrated works from the artist’s epic painting campaign of June 1889. The visual and literary heritage of the cypresses is featured in a compilation of images and excerpts from nineteenth-century poetry, novels, and travel writing—many translated into English for the first time.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press  

Exhibition Schedule:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(May 22–August 27, 2023)

About the Author

Susan Alyson Stein is Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781588397591
ISBN-10: 1588397599
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English