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William Sommer (1867–1949). Winter Trees, 1890. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Joseph, Elsie, and Connie Erdelac, 1975 (1975.67.2)

William Sommer (1867–1949). Winter Trees, 1890. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Joseph, Elsie, and Connie Erdelac, 1975 (1975.67.2)

Van Gogh 1889."Cypresses" was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong voluntary stay as a patient in the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found "as beautiful of line and proportion as an Egyptian obelisk," both captivated and challenged the artist: "It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but it is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine."

Van Gogh 1889."Cypresses" was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong voluntary stay as a patient in the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found "as beautiful of line and proportion as an Egyptian obelisk," both captivated and challenged the artist: "It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but it is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine."

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