Van Gogh suffered from delicate mental and physical health throughout his life. In the spring of 1889, following a series of nervous breakdowns, he committed himself to an asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. There his work evolved away from the hallucinatory color of his Arles period toward the ever more vigorous brushwork and ever more liberally applied paint of his late manner. Here the flaming foliage of the mulberry tree, the rushing sky and hillside are so richly painted that the picture’s surface becomes a kind of bas-relief sculpture. Van Gogh was particularly pleased with this painting, remarking in letters to his siblings that he considered it his most successful treatment of its theme.
- Artist Name: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
- Title: The Mulberry Tree
- Date: October 1889
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 21-1/4 x 25-1/2 in. (54 x 65 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
- Accession Number: M.1976.09.P
- Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation
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