This was painted in September 1889, when Van Gogh was in the St-Rémy mental asylum, near Arles, where he was a patient from May 1889 until May 1890. It is one of three almost identical versions of the composition. Another painting of the cypresses (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art) was painted earlier in July 1889, and was probably painted directly in front of the subject.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1853 - 1890
Full title
A Wheatfield, with Cypresses
Date made
1889
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
72.1 x 90.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923
Inventory number
NG3861
Location in Gallery