Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, June-July 1889
pencil, reed pen and pen and ink, on paper,
47.1 cm x 62.3 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
This is one of ten drawings after paintings of his own that Vincent made in the summer of 1889. He sent the drawings to his brother Theo. They offered an impression of how he was spending his time in the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Theo was very impressed with some of them but also wrote, 'The latest drawings look like they've been done in a fury.' This was one of those drawings.
Because the cypress was drawn with a thicker pen than the rest of it, it stands out. The contrast is more striking than it originally was; in some places, the ink has faded.