Exhibition at The Met Explores Van Gogh's Fascination with Cypress Trees

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (1889). Photo ©Museum of Modern Art, New York, licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York.


Exhibition at The Met Explores Van Gogh's Fascination with Cypress Trees

Opening in May, Van Gogh's Cypresses reexamines essential (and rare) works by the renowned Dutch painter. 

In the final years of his troubled life, Vincent van Gogh created Post-Impressionist paintings that would establish his legacy as one of the most influential artists of all time. And during this time, he became intrigued by the cypress. While these coniferous trees would be a focal point in some of Van Gogh's most resonant oil work (see: The Starry Night), there has never been an exhibit that analyzed his special affection for them — until now. 

Van Gogh's Cypresses, which runs from May 22 to August 27 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, unspools the story of the Dutch artist's fixation with the long-lived tree that he called "tall and somber." The exhibition recontextualizes more than 40 of his oil paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters — some of which are rarely loaned — providing new insight into his tortured genius. 

The Met permanently houses two of these masterpieces: Cypresses (the first Van Gogh painting that the Met acquired nearly 85 years ago) and Wheat Field with Cypresses (donated by Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg in 1993, above).

GRoW is honored to be a sponsor of Van Gogh's Cypresses and to continue its long-standing support of the Met.

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