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Van Gogh's Cypresses

May 22–August 27, 2023
Previously on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
Free with Museum admission

Entering the Exhibition

You must join the virtual exhibition queue via QR code once inside the Museum. No advance or timed tickets required. Access is first come, first served and subject to capacity limitations. The virtual queue closes daily when capacity is reached.

Special Access
Met Member Morning Hours: 9–10 am every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday starting May 27.

Visitor Guidelines

The following items are not permitted:

  • Backpacks
  • Bags larger than 11 x 17 x 5 in (28 x 43 x 13 cm)
  • Liquids
  • Strollers (parking is available)

Free bag and coat check is available.

Van Gogh’s Cypresses is the first exhibition to focus on the trees—among the most famous in the history of art—immortalized in signature images by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). Such iconic pictures as Wheat Field with Cypresses and The Starry Night take their place as the centerpiece in a presentation that affords an unprecedented perspective on a motif virtually synonymous with the Dutch artist’s fiercely original power of expression. Some 40 works illuminate the extent of his fascination with the region’s distinctive flamelike evergreens as they successively sparked, fueled, and stoked his imagination over the course of two years in the South of France: from his initial sightings of the “tall and dark” trees in Arles to realizing their full, evocative potential (“as I see them”) at the asylum in Saint-Rémy.

Juxtaposing landmark paintings with precious drawings and illustrated letters—many rarely, if ever, lent or exhibited together—this tightly conceived thematic exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to appreciate anew some of Van Gogh’s most celebrated works in a context that reveals the backstory of their invention for the first time.

Accompanied by a catalogue.

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Janice H. Levin Fund, Katharine Rayner, and the Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed Fund.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The catalogue is made possible by the Janice H. Levin Fund.

Additional support is provided by Adrian Sassoon and Edmund Burke.

Exhibition Tour

Join Susan Alyson Stein, Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting, on a virtual tour of the exhibition.

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Landscape with Path and Pollard Willows, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Pencil, pen, reed pen, and ink on wove paper
Vincent van Gogh
March 1888
Drawbridge, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh
May 1888
The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh
June 1889
Cypresses, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Ink and graphite on wove Latune et Cie Balcons paper
Vincent van Gogh
June 1889
Trees in the Garden of the Asylum, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh
October 1889
Country Road in Provence by Night, Vincent van Gogh  Dutch, Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh
May 1890

Latest Reviews

a revelatory and appealingly green exhibition.

The New York Times

By now, you’ve surely seen his cypresses … but you’ve never seen them like this.

Time Out New York

The tightly focused show is a pleasure and a revelation.

The Wall Street Journal
Marquee: Left: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). The Starry Night (detail), 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4 in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange), 1941; Conservation was made possible by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY; right: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Wheat Field with Cypresses (detail), 1889. Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 36 3/4 in. (73.2 x 93.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1993 (1993.132)