Van Gogh’s “Cypresses” and “The Starry Night”: Visions of Saint-Rémy
Sunday, June 15, 2008–Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Yale University Art Gallery is pleased to exhibit side by side two of Vincent van Gogh’s (1853–1890) most renowned paintings, Cypresses (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and The Starry Night (Museum of Modern Art, New York). 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.
Installation organized by Jennifer Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.