Cypresses (Les Cyprès)
Vincent van Gogh
This drawing dates from Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 stay at a psychiatric asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, during a period when he became fascinated with the dark, obelisk-like forms of cypress trees. He sent it to his brother Theo in July of that year as a way to “show” him what the paintings he was working on looked like. The canvas that corresponds to this drawing is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Not only is Brooklyn’s work on paper a “reproduction” in the sense that it was made to represent a painting, but it also draws from the visual vocabulary of the inexpensive contemporary prints that van Gogh adored, using an abbreviated language of dots and dashes to communicate tonal effects. He executed this and other drawings of this period with an improvised pen made from a sharpened stalk of a local reed—a technique that forced him to work quickly and assertively.
Brown ink and graphite on wove Latune et Cie Balcons paper
24 3/8 x 18 5/8 in. (61.9 x 47.3 cm)
Other: 24 1/2 x 18in. (62.2 x 45.7cm) (show scale)
Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund
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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Cypresses (Les Cyprès), June 1889. Brown ink and graphite on wove Latune et Cie Balcons paper, 24 3/8 x 18 5/8 in. (61.9 x 47.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 38.123 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.123_SL3.jpg)
overall, 38.123_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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