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3 January 2012

See Van Gogh's Wheat Field with Cypresses

Your author believes that free art is the mark of a civilised society. Anyone can walk into London's best galleries, for free, and see some of the greatest works of art mankind has ever created, and this is surely a social good of which our great grandparents would have approved.

Wheat Field with Cypresses is actually a series of three similar pieces of art, painted by Vincent Van Gogh during his stay at the St-Rémy mental asylum, near Arle in France, in 1889. The National Gallery holds a September 1889 version and exhibits it every day, for free. It can be found in Room 45, on Level 2 of the Gallery.

For more information, see http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/vincent-van-gogh-a-wheatfield-with-cypresses

^Picture from Wikimedia Commons^


  1. Not just "Wheat Field with Cypresses", but also "The Starry Night" and "Irises" were painted in the asylum.

    That suggests to me that being in the asylum freed him up from worrying about mundane daily events eg paying rent, buying and preparing food. Thus he was able to paint to his heart's content.

    OR being a bit mad is a creative and liberating thing for an artist.. it frees up his (tortured)soul.

  2. Thanks as ever for your input, Hels. They are certainly amazing pieces, and it is amazing that he painted them in such seemingly desperate circumstances.