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It is no secret that the famous Dutch artist was tormented by bouts of madness. After one of these attacks in 1889, Van Gogh went to a hospital for mental patients in Saint-Remy, where he could draw freely.
This period in the life of Van Gogh significantly influenced his work and outlook on life. It was in the hospital that the artist became interested in cypresses. These trees, which grew mainly in cemeteries, were associated with the theme of death, which became close to the artist. He compared the trees of sorrow with the beautiful and proportionate Egyptian obelisks. In 1889, oil on canvas was painted by Cypress.
The centerpiece of the picture is two slender cypress trees. They are so tall that it seems as if the artist did not have enough canvas to depict the trees in full growth. At the roots of the trees you can see flowering grass, and in the background are the gray mountains, blue sky, white fluffy clouds and the moon. Tree silhouettes are the only vertical elements in this horizontal landscape.
The artist depicted cypresses as no one did before him. Applying paint in several layers creates the effect of lighting the dark crowns of trees with golden sunlight. In this picture, dynamics and nervous tension are felt. Van Gogh painted with spiral movements, giving the impression of a twist and association with the flame that rises to the sky. It seems that the slender trees are trembling and bending under strong gusts of wind as an echo of vibration shaking the body of the artist at the time of another attack.