4 de hoogste prijs ooit betaald voor een Van Gogh tijdens veiling bij Christies op 11 november 2021
Schilderij van Vincent van Gogh uit 1889, (45.5 x 60.3 cm.)
Painted in October 1889, Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès dates from this artistic resurgence. Here, the sun-scorched landscape of southern France is brought thrillingly to life. A grove of olive trees stands beneath a dazzling, turquoise-blue sky, their silvery evergreen foliage casting violet shadows that cool the orange, flame-like strokes that seem to lap at their twisting trunks. The ground appears as if a sea of gold; thick with impasto, lines appear like ripples of water, heightening the sense of motion and rhythm that fills every corner of this composition. In the midst of this tempest of color stands a “mas,” a small farm, bordered by a phalanx of cypresses, beyond which rise the undulating purple peaks of Les Alpilles. Combining Van Gogh’s favorite Provençal motifs—the olive and cypress—this painting encapsulates the defining characteristics of the artist’s mature style that emerged during his time in Saint-Rémy.