Vincent Van Gogh paints Cypress against a Starry Sky in 1890 and is the last painting he did in Saint-Remy, where he was admitted to an asylum. He went by his own choice after having a crisis and mutilating his ear, as the artist struggled with psychological or mental issues – although to this day no one knows for sure what his pathology was. During his stay in Saint-Remy, Van Gogh developed a fascination for the cypress trees of the landscape. He paints many other canvases with this same theme, like Cypresses and Cypresses with Two Women. In letters to his brother Theo, the Post-Impressionist painter describes these trees and how their shape and lines remind him of Egyptian obelisks.
Cypress against a Starry Sky was the last painting Van Gogh concluded in Saint-Rémy and differed to the other paintings. The previous paintings with this theme mostly played with the contrast of light and dark – he portrayed the cypress trees with dark shades of green and black, contrasting with the light and breezy blue sky. In this last work, Van Gogh is more preoccupied with the contrast of color. The work is less obvious and is given a lot more meaning. Many art critics believe this painting is a symbol of his presentment of his death, as he portrays two figures in the night sky representing the past and the future, the young and the old. But there is no knowing for sure if this interpretation is right, as he never wrote or told anyone about the hidden meanings of this work.
With an unusual but dynamic composition, Vincent Van Gogh portrays the road in Saint-Rémy, France, on a luminous night. Two men taking a stroll are depicted in the bottom right corner and a couple in a horse carriage approaching them. The light road seems to reflect the colors of the rest of the painting and is painted diagonally on the canvas. The cypress tree is the main figure of this painting, almost centered, with a greater size than all other figures and exceeding the limits of the canvas. Van Gogh uses many shades of dark green for the tree and specks of light blue and green as a reflex. Behind it lays a field of wheat and a sky that seems to stand still. The Moon and the star are almost the same size and are divided by the grand cypress tree.
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