Two Poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy

  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890
  • Year: 1889
  • Location: Saint-Rémy, France

Van Gogh painted this autumnal landscape while at an asylum near Saint-Rémy in southern France. Although at first limited to painting from memory in his room, he soon resumed working outdoors. This painting reveals the full power of his mature style. Trees twist and lean against a darkening sky, while the intense colors applied with charged brushstrokes convey his emotional reaction to the subject.

FUN FACT During his Saint-Rémy period, Van Gogh painted 150 canvases and some 100 drawings. He painted nature as he saw it without enhancement and felt that painting would help cure him of his illness.

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