Undergrowth, 1889

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 49 X 64 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 745

At first, Van Gogh was not allowed to leave the premises of the hospital at Saint-Rémy. This was hardly a problem: ‘since I have been here, I have had enough work with the overgrown garden with its large pine trees, under which there grows tall and poorly-tended grass, mixed with all kinds of periwinkle.’

He painted this view of the grown beneath the ivy-clad trees. The effect of light and shade created an almost abstract pattern, with small arcs of paint covering the entire surface of the canvas.

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