Our puzzle details cypress trees Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) painted in the South of France from 1888 to 1889. Wheat Field with Cypresses
was painted in 1889, after Van Gogh voluntarily entered an asylum in Saint-Rémy. Venturing beyond the grounds of the hospital, he painted the surrounding countryside, especially its olive groves and cypresses, which he saw as “characteristic of Provence.” In June, he produced two paintings of cypresses, rendered in thick impasto. He likened the form of a cypress to an Egyptian obelisk in a letter to his brother Theo. The wheat field—sun-drenched and undulating in the wind—was to represent “extreme heat.”
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Ages 13 and older. Includes 500 pieces. 18'' x 24'' when complete.