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The Mulberry Tree, October 1889

Vincent van Gogh

Dutch, 1853-1890
Oil on canvas
21-1/4 x 25-1/2 in. (54 x 65 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
M.1976.09.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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In the spring of 1889 van Gogh committed himself to an asylum at Saint-Rémy. During his lucid periods, between periodic attacks of what seems to have been epilepsy, he was constantly working, creating dazzling compositions of vigorous brushwork and energetic spontaneity. This painting was of particular interest to van Gogh, who wrote about it three times in letters to his brother and sister, commenting that he believed it was the best of his mulberry tree paintings.

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