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Wheat Field with Cypresses

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)1889

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Writing to his brother, Theo, from the asylum in Saint-Rémy on July 2, 1889, Van Gogh described his latest addition to the series he had launched that June: "I have a canvas of cypresses with a few ears of wheat, poppies, a blue sky, which is like a multicolored Scotch plaid [and] impasted like Monticellis." Van Gogh regarded this sun-drenched landscape as one of his "best" summer canvases and repeated the composition three times: first in a reed-pen drawing (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) and then in two oil variants he made later that fall (National Gallery, London; private collection).

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  • Title: Wheat Field with Cypresses
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Physical Dimensions: w933 x h730 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • provenance extent: Complete
  • provenance: 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 (1891–1900; sold with seven other works for Fr 9,400 to Schuffenecker); Émile Schuffenecker (1900–at least 1901); Louis-Alexandre Berthier, prince de Wagram, Paris (about 1906–at least 1909); [Galerie Barbazanges, Paris, until 1910; sold in November to Cassirer]; [Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 1910; sold in November or December 1910 to Mendelssohn]; Franz von Mendelssohn, Berlin (1910–d. 1935); von Mendelssohn family, Germany, later Switzerland (1935–51; sold through Fritz Nathan to Bührle); Emil Bührle, Zurich (1951–d. 1956); his son, Dieter Bührle, Zurich (1956–93; sold to MMA)
  • medium extent: Complete
  • description extent: Complete
  • credit line extent: Complete
  • credit line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1993
  • Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)

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