Tree Trunks in the Grass
Vincent van Gogh
Tree Trunks in the Grass
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): Tree Trunks in the Grass [Boomstammen in het grass], [also known as Field of grass, with dandelions and tree trunks]; end of April 1890. Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 91.5 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.

'[Van Gogh] was a pioneer of modern art, using the genres of landscape, portraiture and still life to experiment with form and colour ... in a letter to his brother Theo in early May 1890:

"… my work is going well, I have done two canvases of the fresh grass in the park, one of which is extremely simple, here is a hasty sketch of it. The trunk of a pine violet-pink and then the grass with white flowers and dandelions, a little rose tree and other tree trunks in the background right at the top of the canvas."

By cropping the composition so radically, especially at the top and bottom, Van Gogh shows how well he absorbed the strategies of Japanese woodblock artists.’ (Christine Dixon, © 2013 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra)

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