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

(Dutch, 1853–1890)
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.)
Location: On view at National Gallery, London, London, Sep 14, 2024 - Jan 19, 2025
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Van Gogh sometimes created what he called "repetitions," in which he painted the same subject and composition again. This painting has a repetition, currently in the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Conservation research has shown that the Cleveland painting is the first version.


Like Two Poplars in the Alpilles near Saint-Rémy (on view nearby), Vincent van Gogh painted this autumnal landscape while living at an asylum near Saint-Rémy in southern France where he was treated for severe depression. Understanding that painting from nature eased his symptoms, Van Gogh’s physician permitted the artist to paint landscapes outside of the asylum. Van Gogh described this painting in a letter to his brother Theo: “The last study I did is a view of the village, where they were at work under some enormous plane trees—repairing the pavements. . . . There are heaps of sand, stones, and the gigantic trunks—the leaves yellowing and here and there you can get a glimpse of a house front and small figures.”
The Large Plane Trees (Road Menders at Saint-Rémy)

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


Vincent van Gogh

(Dutch, 1853–1890)


The Road Menders

Expression of Emotion

The Artist, Vincent van Gogh

The Canvas

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

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