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The Large Plane Trees (Road Menders at Saint-Rémy), 1889

oil on fabric, Framed: 104.5 x 124.5 x 7.6 cm (41 1/8 x 49 x 3 in.); Unframed: 73.4 x 91.8 cm (28 7/8 x 36 1/8 in.). Gift of the Hanna Fund 1947.209

In May 1889, Van Gogh voluntarily committed himself to an asylum near the small town of Saint-Rémy in Provence. His doctors soon gave him permission to paint on day excursions to surrounding fields. While walking through Saint-Rémy that November, he was impressed by the sight of men repairing a road beneath immense plane trees. "In spite of the cold," he wrote to his brother, "I have gone on working outside till now, and I think it is doing me good and the work too." Rushing to capture the yellowing leaves, he painted this composition on an unusual cloth with a pattern of small red diamonds visible in the picture's many unpainted areas.

Paris, Pavillon de la Ville de Paris. Société des Artistes Indépendants (1890), no. 834, Rue à Saint-Rémy.
Paris, Galerie Bernheim Jeune. Exposition Vincent van Gogh (1901), no. 63, Boulevard à St-Rémy (Provence, 1889-90).
Paris, Galerie Druet. Quelques oeuvres de Vincent van Gogh (1908), no. 12, Les Paveurs, M. G. Fayet collection.
Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum. Exhibition of French Painting of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (1929), no. 96 (repr.), Les paveurs, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. Fuller.
New York, Museum of Modern Art. First Loan Exhibition: Cézanne, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh (1929), no. 86 (repr.), Street in Saint Rémy (Les paveurs), Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. Fuller collection, Boston.
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum. Retrospective Exhibition of Landscape Painting (1931), no. 106 (repr.), Street in San Remy [sic], lent by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. Fuller, Boston.
London, New Burlington Galleries. Exhibition of Masters of French 19th Century Painting (1936), no. 108, Les paveurs, lent anonymously.
CMA. Works by Vincent van Gogh (1948), no. 25 (repr.).
Art Institute of Chicago; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Van Gogh: Paintings and Drawings (1949-50), no. 123 (repr.).
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers (1986-87), 304, 307 (repr.), no. 44 (repr.).
CMA. Creativity in Art and Science (1987), no. 14 (repr.).
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum. Vincent van Gogh (1990), no. 109 (repr.), 31.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; February 20 - May 29, 2005. "Masterworks from The Phillips Collection". Not in exh. cat.
Centro de la Vielle Charité, Marseille, France (5/14/2005 - 8/21/2005) and Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, Canada (9/22/2005 - 1/8/2006): "Right Under the Sun: Painting in Provence from Classicism to Modernism (1750-1920)"
CMA (organizer). Beijing World Art Museum, China, May 26 - Aug. 27, 2006; Mori Arts Center, Tokyo, Japan: Sept. 9 - Nov. 26, 2006; Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008 and Detroit Institute of Arts, Oct. 12, 2008-January 18, 2008: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
Philadelphia Museum of Art (1/26/2012 - 5/6/2012) and National Gallery of Canada (5/25/2012 - 9/2/2012): "Van Gogh: Up Close"
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (10/12/2013 - 1/26/2014) and The Cleveland Museum fo Art, OH (3/2/2014 - 5/26/2014): "Van Gogh Repetitions", cat. no. 26, p. 142.

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