Cypresses was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found "beautiful as regards lines and proportions, like an Egyptian obelisk," both captivated and challenged the artist: "It’s the dark patch in a sun-drenched landscape, but it’s one of the most interesting dark notes, the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine." One of two close-up views of the "very tall and massive" trees in a vertical format (the other is in the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo), Cypresses was shown in the 1890 Salon des Indépendants.
the artist's brother, Theo van Gogh, Paris (1889–d. 1891; sent to him by the artist on September 28, 1889); his widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam, in trust for their son, Vincent Willem van Gogh (1891–95; sold with six other paintings for fl. 384 to Moline); [Lucien Moline, Paris, from 1895]; Julien Leclercq, Paris (1901; purchased in February for Fr 600; d. 1901); Maurice Fabre, Paris and Gasparets (by 1904–8); sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 16, 1908, no. 25; Fritz Meyer-Fierz, Zürich (bought in Paris; May 1908–1923/24); [Galerien Thannhauser (Justin K. Thannhauser), Berlin, 1923/24–probably 1931; sold, apparently on or soon after December 24, 1931, to Schocken]; Salman Schocken, Berlin, later New York (probably 1931–1949; sold or consigned for sale by 1949 to Thannhauser); [Justin K. Thannhauser, New York, 1949; sold to MMA]
Pavillon de la Ville de Paris. "Salon des Indépendants (6e exposition)," March 20–April 27, 1890, no. 832 (as "Le cyprès").
Pavillon de la Ville de Paris. "Salon des Indépendants (7me exposition)," March 20–April 27, 1891, no. 1195 (as "Cyprès," possibly this picture).
Paris. Galerie Bernheim-Jeune. "Exposition Vincent van Gogh," March 15–31, 1901, no. 35 (as "Cyprès en Provence," lent by M. Julien Leclercq).
Paris. Galerie E. Druet. "Quelques oeuvres de Vincent van Gogh," January 6–18, 1908, no. 4 (as "Cyprès," lent by M.M. Fabre) [see La Faille 1939 and La Faille 1970].
Cologne. Städtische Ausstellungshalle. "Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes Westdeutscher Kunstfreunde und Künstler," May 25–September 30, 1912, no. 108 (lent by Fritz Meyer, Zürich).
Kunsthalle Basel. "Vincent van Gogh," March 27–April 21, 1924, no. 60 (lent by a private collection, Lucerne).
Berliner Künstlerhaus. "Erste Sonderausstellung in Berlin," January 9–mid-February 1927, no. 119 [the exhibition was organized by the Galerien Thannhauser; see Meier-Graefe 1927].
Paris. Bernheim-Jeune. "Vincent van Gogh: l'époque française," June 20–July 2, 1927, no catalogue [see La Faille 1928].
New York. Museum of Modern Art. "First Loan Exhibition: Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, van Gogh," November 7–December 7, 1929, no. 85 (lent by Justin Thannhauser, Berlin).
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Work by Vincent van Gogh," November 3–December 12, 1948, no. 18 (lent anonymously).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh: Paintings and Drawings," October 21, 1949–January 15, 1950, no. 112.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Van Gogh: Paintings and Drawings," February 1–April 15, 1950, no. 112.
Hempstead, N. Y. Hofstra College. "Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces," June 26–September 1, 1952, no. 15.
West Palm Beach, Fla. Norton Gallery and School of Art. "French Painting—David to Cézanne," February 4–March 1, 1953, no. 26.
Coral Gables, Fla. Lowe Gallery. "French Painting—David to Cézanne," March 11–31, 1953, no. 26.
Sarasota, Fla. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. "Directors' Choice," February 6–March 4, 1955, no. 26.
Bronx County Courthouse. "Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano," May 12–June 13, 1971, no. 18.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic," October 30, 1973–January 6, 1974, no. 7.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism: A Centenary Exhibition," December 12, 1974–February 10, 1975, not in catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers," November 25, 1986–March 22, 1987, no. 15.
Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh. "Vincent van Gogh: Paintings," March 30–July 29, 1990, no. 90.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South," September 22, 2001–January 13, 2002, no. 117.
Amsterdam. Van Gogh Museum. "Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South," February 9–June 2, 2002, no. 117.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings," October 12–December 31, 2005, no. 109.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 109.
Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Französische Meisterwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 1–October 7, 2007, unnumbered cat.
New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Van Gogh's Cypresses and The Starry Night: Visions of Saint-Rémy," June 15–September 7, 2008, no catalogue.
Kunstmuseum Basel. "Vincent van Gogh—Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes," April 26–September 27, 2009, no. 50.
London. Royal Academy of Arts. "The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters," January 23–April 18, 2010, no. 133.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 6, 2012–January 4, 2013, no. 94.
Beijing. National Museum of China. "Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 8–May 9, 2013, no. 94.
Williamstown, Mass. Clark Art Institute. "Van Gogh and Nature," June 14–September 13, 2015, no. 39.
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to his brother Theo. [June 25, 1889] [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b644 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let783/letter.html; pub. in Van Gogh Letters 1958, letter no. 596; Van Gogh Letters 2009, letter no. 783], discusses two studies of cypresses that he has been working on and includes a sketch of this painting in the letter (JH1750), stating that he believes it will turn out to be the better of the two, and adding that he will send a further drawing of the painting.
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to his brother Theo. [July 2, 1889] [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b645 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let784/letter.html; pub. in Van Gogh Letters 1958, letter no. 597; Van Gogh Letters 2009, letter no. 784], mentions that he is enclosing "ten or so drawings today, all after canvases on the go," including one after this work (F1525; Brooklyn Museum).
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to his brother Theo. [September 28, 1889] [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b656 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let806/letter.html; pub. in Van Gogh Letters 1958, letter no. 608; Van Gogh Letters 2009, letter no. 806], writes that he is sending off to Theo that day a "Study of cypresses" along with several other canvases.
Theo van Gogh. Letter to his brother Vincent. March 19, 1890 [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b756 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let858/letter.html; pub. in Van Gogh Letters 1958, letter no. T29; Van Gogh Letters 2009, letter no. 858], remarks that his brother's paintings, including this work, are "well placed and look very well" at the exhibition of the Indépendants.
Lucien Moline. Letter to Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. June 14, 1895 [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b1312 V/1962], states that a "marchand très aventureux" has offered to purchase this painting and five others by Van Gogh; after the cost of the frames and Moline's commission are deducted the net price will be 800 francs.
Lucien Moline. Letter to Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. December 20, 1895 [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b1314 V/1962], writes that he is enclosing a check for 384 guilders, the price of the seven paintings that Johanna consigned to him [including this one]; adds that the paintings were sold to a dealer.
Julien Leclercq. Letter to Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. February 20, 1901 [Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, inv. no. b4136 V/1984], states that he purchased this painting eight days ago for 600 francs.
Julius Meier-Graefe. Entwicklungsgeschichte der Modernen Kunst. Stuttgart, 1904, vol. 1, pp. 119–20 n. 1, states that Maurice Fabre owns it.
R. Meyer-Riefstahl. "Vincent van Gogh—I." Burlington Magazine 18 (November 1910), ill. p. 96.
E. A. Seemann. Bildende Kunst 10 (July 1912), p. 229, [see records in archive file].
Shirakaba 3 (January 1912), ill. between pp. 68 and 69.
Camera Work special no. (June 1913), pl. IV.
Max Deri. Die Malerei im XIX. Jahrhundert. Berlin, 1920, vol. 1, p. 227; vol. 2, pl. 57, erroneously dates it 1890.
Curt Glaser. Vincent van Gogh. Leipzig, 1921, pl. 16.
Jahrbuch der Kunst (1922), p. 32, [see records in archive file].
Wissen und Leben 17, no. 1 (October 1, 1923), p. 1, ill., [see La Faille 1928].
Roch Grey. Vincent van Gogh. Rome, 1924, ill.
Max Osborn. "Klassiker der französischen Moderne die Galerien Thannhauser im Berliner Künstlerhaus." Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration 59 (March 1927), ill. p. 336.
Julius Meier-Graefe. "Die Franzosen in Berlin." Der Cicerone 19 (January 1927), ill. p. 54, notes that Berlin 1927 was organized by the Galerien Thannhauser and took place in the Berliner Künstlerhaus.
J.-B. de La Faille. "Vincent van Gogh." L'Art vivant 3 (August 1, 1927), ill. p. 626.
Florent Fels. Vincent van Gogh. Paris, 1928, ill. (color, frontispiece).
J.-B. de La Faille. L'Oeuvre de Vincent van Gogh: Catalogue Raisonné. Paris, 1928, vol. 1, pp. 172–73, no. 613; vol. 2, pl. 171.
Julius Meier-Graefe. Vincent van Gogh: Mit Vierundfünfzig abbildungen und dem faksimile eines briefes. 6th revised ed. Munich, 1929, ill p. 23, calls it "Zypressen" and identifies the owner as Galerie Thannhauser, Lucerne; notes that a color reproduction is available from Piper-Drucke.
Royal Cortissoz. "French Painting in the Opening Show." New York Herald Tribune (November 10, 1929), p. G10.
Dorothy Grafly. "'Ancestor' Show Assembles Art of 'Modern' Pioneers." Philadelphia Public Ledger (November 10, 1929), p. 65?, states that the picture caused a stir much like Cézanne's "Jas de Bouffans".
Ralph Flint. "The Current American Art Season." Art and Understanding 1, no. 2 (March 1930), p. 184, ill. p. 176, states that "nothing can exceed his 'Cypresses,' from the Thannhauser Collection (Berlin), in intensity of conception, in the molten grandeur of its upspringing passages, in its unabated fury of achievement".
J.-B. de La Faille. Les Faux Van Gogh. Paris, 1930, pp. 7–8, 44, pl. 6, discusses the relationship between this work, the drawing in Brooklyn (F1525), and two paintings (F614 and F616) with very similar compositions which he had exposed as fakes in the corrigenda to his catalogue raisonné of 1928.
W. Scherjon. Catalogue des tableaux par Vincent van Gogh décrits dans ses lettres. Périodes: St. Rémy et Auvers sur Oise. Utrecht, 1932, p. 22, no. 10, ill., as "Etude de Cyprès".
Alfred Bader. Künstler-Tragik: Karl Stauffer, Vincent van Gogh. Basel, 1932, pp. 89–90, pl. 47, remarks on the painter's use of "daring" arabesques to depict the trees' wild agitation from the strong mistral wind.
W. Scherjon and Jos. De Gruyter. Vincent van Gogh's Great Period: Arles, St. Rémy and Auvers sur Oise (complete catalogue). Amsterdam, 1937, p. 212, St. Rémy no. 10, ill., as "Study of Cypresses".
Jean de Beucken. Vincent van Gogh: un portrait. [Brussels], n.d., p. 94, ill. p. 103 (color).
J.-B. de La Faille. Vincent van Gogh. London, , pp. 425, 559, 574, 588, no. 616, ill.
Georg Schmidt. Van Gogh. Bern, 1947, pp. 26–27, pl. 38.
Isabella H. Perry. "Vincent van Gogh's Illness: A Case Record." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 21, no. 2 (1947), p. 169.
M. M. van Dantzig. Vincent?: A New Method of Identifying the Artist and His Work and of Unmasking the Forger and His Products. Amsterdam, , pp. 89–90, 95–96, pl. 6.
"Notes on the Cover." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8 (October 1949), opp. p. 49, ill. in color on cover.
Murray Pease. "The Hand and the Brush." Art News Annual 19 (1950), pp. 90–96, ill. overall (color and black and white) and four details (black and white), analyzes the painter's technique, drawing on x-rays and photographs taken in raking light; particularly notes the picture's wet-into-wet passages, high impasto, use of commercial materials, the plasticity of the paint, and, most likely, hand-priming.
Jean Leymarie. Van Gogh. [Paris], 1951, pp. 91, 125, no. 116, ill., identifies the second study of cypresses mentioned by Van Gogh in his letter to Theo [see Gogh 1889, letter no. 596] as F620 (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo).
Margaretta M. Salinger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Miniatures: Vincent van Gogh. New York, 1952, unpaginated, ill. (color).
John Rewald. Post-Impressionism: From Van Gogh to Gauguin. 1st ed. New York, 1956, p. 334, ill. p. 335 (color) [3rd, rev. ed., 1978, p. 311, ill. p. 314 (color)].
August Kuhn-Foelix. Vincent van Gogh: Eine Psychographie. Bergen, Germany, 1958, p. 146, pl. 37 (cropped).
Vincent van Gogh. The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh with Reproductions of All the Drawings in the Correspondence. Greenwich, Conn., 1958, under letter nos. 596–97, 608, T29.
Catalogue of Colour Reproductions of Paintings—1860 to 1961. Paris, 1961, p. 165, no. 420, ill., erroneously as in a private collection.
H. R. Graetz. The Symbolic Language of Vincent van Gogh. New York, 1963, pp. 185–88, 191, 193–94, 311, colorpl. 72, notes that the way in which the larger cypress is cut off at the top makes it feel as if the tree, "the symbol of the struggling man . . . reaches for the infinite".
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, pp. 188–89, ill.
Margaretta M. Salinger. "Windows Open to Nature." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (Summer 1968), unpaginated, ill., states that "the thick layers of paint, the swirling sky, and the contorted upward thrusts of the foreground foliage and of the trees themselves reveal his mental agitation, but even more proclaim his keen awareness of the force in nature".
Jean Leymarie. Van Gogh. [1st ed., 1968]. New York, 1977, pp. 152, 164, 209, ill. p. 153 (color), states that the artist added the crescent moon to represent "the female principle," in contrast to the masculine presence of the cypresses.
Alan Bowness. Vincent van Gogh: Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, Amsterdam. Exh. cat., Hayward Gallery. [London], , pp. 110–11.
Marc Edo Tralbaut. Vincent van Gogh. New York, 1969, p. 292 [French ed., "Van Gogh, le mal aimé," 1969].
J.-B. de La Faille. The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings. Amsterdam, 1970, pp. 246–47, 528, 635, no. 613, ill.
Paolo Lecaldano. L'opera pittorica completa di Van Gogh e i suoi nessi grafici. Vol. 2, Da Arles a Auvers. repr. [1st ed., 1966]. Milan, 1971–77, p. 220, no. 668, ill. p. 218, as "Due Cipressi".
Hope Benedict Werness. "Essays on van Gogh's Symbolism." PhD diss., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972, p. 219 n. 17.
Matthias Arnold. "Duktus und Bildform bei Vincent van Gogh." PhD diss., Ruprecht-Karl University, Heidelberg, 1973, pp. 108–110, 155–56, 194 n. 406.
Charles S. Moffett. Van Gogh as Critic and Self-Critic. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1973, unpaginated, no. 7, comments on the "nearly musical experience" and the pantheistic character found in cypresses as represented in Van Gogh's pictures such as this one.
Carl R. Baldwin. The Impressionist Epoch. Exh. brochure, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. [New York], 1974, p. 20, ill., believes it should be considered the daylight counterpart to "Starry Night" (Museum of Modern Art, New York), painted at about the same time.
Jan Hulsker. The Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches. [1st ed., Amsterdam, 1977]. New York, 1980, pp. 398, 404, no. 1746, ill.
Paul Hefting. Vincent van Gogh: A Detailed Catalogue of the Paintings and Drawings by Vincent van Gogh in the Collection of the Kröller-Müller National Museum. 4th rev. ed. Otterlo, 1980, p. 103 [1st Dutch ed., 1957; 1st English ed., 1959].
Carol Donnell-Kotrozo. Critical Essays on Postimpressionism. London, 1983, ill. [plates unpaginated].
Albert Boime. "Van Gogh's 'Starry Night': A History of Matter and a Matter of History." Arts Magazine 59 (December 1984), p. 87, fig. 6.
Ronald Pickvance The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. New York, 1986, pp. 108–10, 113, 189, 191, 298–99, no. 15, ill. (black and white and color), identifies it as "almost certainly" the picture included in the 1890 Salon des Indépendants as no. 832 [see Exhibitions]; observes that the Otterlo picture, The Met's "Wheat Field with Cypresses" (1993.132), and "Cypresses" are Van Gogh's "most heavily impastoed paintings," referring to their "near-bas-relief articulation of textures"; notes that the artist was probably thinking of using it in a series of five or six canvases as a room decoration, possibly in contrast to the sunflower, "symbol of life, consolation, and gratitiude," but that he did not complete the series; discusses the drawings made after it.
Patricia Mathews. "Aurier and Van Gogh: Criticism and Response." Art Bulletin 68 (March 1986), p. 95, fig. 3 [the captions to figs. 2–4 are mixed up], discusses it as an illustration of Albert Aurier's comments on Van Gogh's paintings in his 1890 essay on the artist.
Lauren Soth. "Van Gogh's Agony." Art Bulletin 68 (June 1986), p. 309 n. 41, mentions it as one of Van Gogh's five paintings with a crescent moon, discussing its significance for the artist.
Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, pp. 64–65, colorpl. 43 (overall and detail).
John Leighton in "Vincent van Gogh's 'A Cornfield, with Cypresses'." National Gallery Technical Bulletin 11 (1987), pp. 44–45 n. 8.
Walter Feilchenfeldt. Vincent van Gogh & Paul Cassirer, Berlin: The Reception of Van Gogh in Germany from 1901 to 1914. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1988, pp. 107, 149, 158, ill.
Marja Supinen. "Julien Leclercq-Vincent van Goghin varhainen puolustaja." Taidehistoriallisia Tutkimuksia Konsthistoriska Studier 11 (1988), pp. 82, 87–89, 92, 109, fig. 8, identifies it as having been in Leclercq's collection, and as no. 35 in the 1901 Bernheim-Jeune exhibition, at least in part because of the name "Leclercq" which appears in blue across the back of the stretcher.
Fritz Erpel. Vincent van Gogh: Lebensbilder, Lebenszeichen. Munich, 1989, colorpl. 440, as "Zypressen, mit Mondsichel".
Uwe M. Schneede. Van Gogh in St. Rémy und Auvers: Gemälde 1889/1890. Munich, 1989, unpaginated, colorpl. 7.
Evert van Uitert et al. Vincent van Gogh: Paintings. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam. Milan, 1990, pp. 210–12, no. 90, ill. (color).
Charles S. Moffett inThe Passionate Eye: Impressionist and Other Master Paintings from the Collection of Emil G. Bührle, Zürich. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington. Zürich, 1990, p. 176.
Roland Dorn inVincent van Gogh and the Modern Movement: 1890–1914. Exh. cat., Museum Folkwang, Essen. Freren, Germany, 1990, pp. 170, 172, 189 n. 2, states that Theo sent it to the 1890 Salon des Indépendants, and that "in 1891 it was presumably exhibited there again".
Walter Feilchenfeldt inVincent van Gogh and the Modern Movement: 1890–1914. Exh. cat., Museum Folkwang, Essen. Freren, Germany, 1990, p. 44.
Ronald Pickvance inVincent van Gogh: Drawings. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo. Milan, 1990, p. 286.
Stanley David Gedzelman. "The Meteorological Odyssey of Vincent van Gogh." Leonardo 23, no. 1 (1990), pp. 110–11, fig. 6.
Marja Supinen. "Julien Leclerq: A Champion of the Unknown Vincent van Gogh." Jong Holland 6, no. 6 (1990), p. 14, fig. 11, reviews the circumstances of its exhibition at Bernheim-Jeune in 1901 and subsequent purchase by Maurice Fabre.
Jan Hulsker. Vincent van Gogh: A Guide to His Work and Letters. Amsterdam, 1993, pp. 41, 54–55, 61, 76, notes this painting among those sent to Theo.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992–1993." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 51 (Fall 1993), p. 51.
Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski. "Vincent van Gogh's Paintings of Olive Trees and Cypresses from St.-Rémy." Art Bulletin 75 (December 1993), pp. 656–58, 667, fig. 11, states that the two trees look like the same pair of trees in "Wheat Field with Cypresses" (The Met, 1993.132); discusses the traditional European symbolism of cypresses as well as the artist's association of them with Egyptian obelisks; notes that it is an image built upon the polarities of dark and light, near and far, and earthly and heavenly.
Louis van Tilborgh inIn Perfect Harmony: Picture + Frame, 1850–1920. Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam, 1995, p. 172, states that its original frame would have been a brown wooden one, based on letters of 1892–93 from R. N. Roland Holst to Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam).
Matthias Arnold. Vincent van Gogh: Werk und Wirkung. Munich, 1995, pp. 485, 494, colorpl. 277.
Jan Hulsker. The New Complete Van Gogh: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches. rev. ed. Amsterdam, 1996, pp. 398, 496, no. 1746, ill. p. 404.
Håkan Larsson. Flames from the South: On the Introduction of Vincent van Gogh to Sweden. Eslöv, 1996, pp. 42–43.
Naomi Margolis Maurer. The Pursuit of Spiritual Wisdom: The Thought and Art of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Madison, N.J., 1998, p. 92, fig. 154 (color).
Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov. Van Gogh in Provence and Auvers. [New York], 1999, pp. 235, 238, ill. p. 240 (color).
Ronald Pickvance. Van Gogh. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2000, pp. 35, 90.
The Berggruen Collection. Phillips, New York. May 7, 2001, p. 54, fig. 7.
Douglas Druick and Peter Kort Zegers et al. Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. New York, 2001, pp. 289, 294, 408, no. 117, fig. 47 (color).
Louis van Tilborgh and Ella Hendriks. "The Tokyo 'Sunflowers': A Genuine Repetition by Van Gogh or a Schuffenecker Forgery?" Van Gogh Museum Journal (2001), p. 28 n. 71, pp. 30–31 n. 86, discuss the piece of canvas added to the painting in the context of other Van Goghs with similar additions.
Chris Stolwijk and Han Veenenbos. The Account Book of Theo van Gogh and Jo van Gogh-Bonger. Amsterdam, 2002, pp. 47, 105, 142, 181, 183, ill., identify it as one of seven paintings sold by Van Gogh-Bonger for 384 guilders to the Paris dealer Lucien Moline in 1895.
Pierre Cabanne. Van Gogh. Paris, 2002, p. 178.
Hildelies Balk inThe Paintings of Vincent van Gogh in the Collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum. Ed. Toos van Kooten and Mieke Rijnders. Otterlo, 2003, p. 440.
Teio Meedendorp inThe Paintings of Vincent van Gogh in the Collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum. Ed. Toos van Kooten and Mieke Rijnders. Otterlo, 2003, pp. 298–99, ill. (color), discusses the painting and its provenance in relation to a related work (F620); explains the symbolism of the cypress.
Frances Fowle. "Painting Like a Provençal: Cézanne, Van Gogh, and the Secret of Monticelli's 'Alchemy'." Soil and Stone: Impressionism, Urbanism, Environment. Ed. Frances Fowle and Richard Thomson. Aldershot, England, 2003, p. 147, calls this and F620 "possibly his [Van Gogh's] most Monticelli-like compositions;" states that our picture was the initial study.
Marije Vellekoop inVincent van Gogh: The Drawings. Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. New York, 2005, pp. 312, 314–15, no. 109, ill. (color).
Sjraar van Heugten. Van Gogh Draughtsman: The Masterpieces. Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam, 2005, pp. 163, 167, 191, fig. 147 (color).
Walter Feilchenfeldt. By Appointment Only: Cézanne, Van Gogh and Some Secrets of Art Dealing. English ed. London, 2006, ill. p. 72 (color), as "The Cypresses"; includes installation photo of painting at the 1912 Sonderbund exhibition in Cologne [see Exh. Cologne 1912].
Lupina Lara Elizondo in Lupina Lara Elizondo. Van Gogh, Atl, O'Higgins: Expresión humana, esencia del paisaje. Mexico City, 2006, pp. 111, 257, ill. p. 103 (color).
Susan Alyson Stein inThe Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 148–49, 219, no. 109, ill. (color and black and white), notes that it was painted with "unhesitating gusto" and with only one substantive revision, the crescent moon's shift to the right; identifies it as the "Cyprès" of the Paris 1890 exhibition.
Susan Alyson Stein inMasterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 170, 258–59, no. 158, ill. (color and black and white).
Marije Vellekoop inVan Gogh: Heartfelt Lines. Ed. Klaus Albrecht Schröder et al. Exh. cat., Albertina, Vienna. Cologne, 2008, pp. 60, 67 n. 1.
Marie-Paule Vial inVan Gogh Monticelli. Exh. cat., Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille. [Paris], 2008, p. 34, fig. 13 (color).
Gottfried Boehm inVincent van Gogh—Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Ostfildern, 2009, pp. 34, 46, discusses it among the artist's landscapes with painterly gestures that seem to be "formed by emotional energies".
Seraina Werthemann and Nina Zimmer inVincent van Gogh—Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Ostfildern, 2009, pp. 241–43, 246–47, 304, no. 50, ill. (color), notes that it was painted once Van Gogh was allowed to go beyond the grounds of the asylum; states that Andries Bonger's (Theo van Gogh's brother-in-law) first inventory of paintings in Theo's estate (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) identified the trees in The Met's picture as poplars, calling it "Peupliers clair de lune" (Poplars in the Moonlight).
Susan Alyson Stein inMasterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 208, 210, 220, 223 n. 15, fig. 154 (color), notes that Van Gogh never again painted the cypresses in situ after this picture, the Otterlo "Cypresses," and The Met's "Wheat Field with Cypresses" (1993.132).
Vincent van Gogh. Vincent van Gogh—The Letters. Ed. Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, and Nienke Bakker. London, 2009, vol. 5, pp. 41–42, 46, fig. 6 (color), under letter no. 783, p. 49, fig. 10 (color), under letter no. 784, p. 106, fig. 5 (color), under letter no. 806, pp. 206–7, fig. 1 (color), under letter no. 858, identify it as the painting shown at Exh. Paris 1890 as "Le cyprès".
Leo Jansen inThe Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2010, p. 239.
Teio Meedendorp inThe Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2010, pp. 240–43, no. 133, ill. (color).
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. Van Gogh: The Life. New York, 2011, p. 759, ill. between pp. 590 and 591 (color).
Susan Alyson Stein inEarth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. [Tokyo], 2012, pp. 15, 19, 148, 154–55, 247, no. 94, ill. in color (overall, detail, and cover) and b&w [Chinese ed., Hefei Shi, 2013, pp. 206–7, no. 94, ill. in color (overall, detail, and cover)].
Walter Feilchenfeldt. Vincent van Gogh: The Years in France. Complete Paintings 1886–1890. London, 2013, p. 31 n. 23, pp. 210, 292, 312, 316, 318–20, 343, 346, ill. (color) [1st German ed., 2009], as "The Cypresses".
Louis van Tilborgh, Teio Meedendorp, and Oda van Maanen. "'Sunset at Montmajour': A Newly Discovered Painting by Vincent van Gogh." Burlington Magazine 155 (October 2013), pp. 700–701 n. 36, discuss Maurice Fabre's ownership of the painting.
Edwin Mullins. Van Gogh: The Asylum Year. London, 2015, p. 159, ill. p. 158 (color detail).
Sjraar van Heugten inVan Gogh and Nature. Exh. cat., Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2015, pp. 187, 190–91, 232, no. 39, fig. 160 (color), states that it is a scene from early morning or dusk, noting the inclusion of a crescent moon; calls Adolphe Monticelli the model for Van Gogh's technique of using heavy impasto in The Met's and the Kröller-Müller's cypress pictures; notes that Van Gogh made a drawing after each painting; discusses the artist's attraction to the subject of cypresses as a technical and stylistic challenge, specifying his mastery of the dark palette and his use of long, lively lines to render the forms of the cypresses.
James Ottar Grundvig. Breaking Van Gogh: Saint-Rémy, Forgery, and the $95 Million Fake at the Met. New York, 2016, pp. xi, 72, 88, 95–96, 100, 115, 146–47, 178, 183, 222, 245, mistakenly associates Van Gogh's letter to his brother Theo of July 2, 1889 with The Met's painting, instead of the Otterlo picture.
The name "Leclercq" is written in blue across the left side of the stretcher (see correspondence in archive file).
Van Gogh painted this picture in June 1889 at Saint-Rémy. He included a sketch of the composition in a letter of June 25 to his brother Theo. There is also a pen-and-ink drawing (F1525; Brooklyn Museum of Art) made after the painting.
Eugène Druet photograph, pl. 59, nos. 24/30–43855 and 40/50–6329, ca. 1900–1910 (Collection Le fonds Druet-Vizzavona, Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Fort de Saint-Cyr, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France). The photograph is assigned two nos. Probably shot during Exh. Paris 1908.
Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)Date: April–May 1882Medium: Black chalk, graphite, pen, brush, and ink, heightened with white body color on laid paper watermarked ED & CIE (in a cartouche)Accession: 1972.118.281On view in:Not on view
Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)Date: ca. July 15, 1888Medium: Reed pen, quill, and ink over chalk on wove paper (backed with wove paper)Accession: 48.190.1On view in:Not on view