Van Gogh’s Cypresses and The Starry Night: visions of Saint-Rémy

Presentation: 15 June - 7 September 2008

Vincent van Gogh, The starry night. New York, Museum of Modern Art

Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), The starry night, 1889
New York, Museum of Modern Art

From the museum website

The Yale University Art Gallery is pleased to exhibit two of Vincent van Gogh’s most renowned paintings, Cypresses (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and The Starry Night (Museum of Modern Art, New York), side by side for the first time. Completed in June 1889, during his yearlong confinement at the asylum in Saint-Rémy, these two paintings exemplify the work of this modern master at the height of his creativity. In both works, van Gogh’s dazzling use of clear, bold colors laid down in swirling, gestural strokes demonstrates his expressive and imaginative power. Together, Cypresses and The Starry Night reveal the artist’s vivid and tender vision of Saint-Rémy as he observed the French countryside from his window—by day and through the night.

Supported by an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts