The Mulberry Tree

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
October 1889
Oil on canvas 
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:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

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.


Camille Pissarro, Paris, by 1890, by inheritance to;
Madame C. Pissarro, Paris;
[Ambroise Vollard, Paris].
Alphonse Kann (1870-1948), Saint Germain-en-Laye by 1928, still in 1934, presumably inherited by;
Michael Stewart, London.
[David Gibbs, London and New York, sold 19 October 1961 to];
[Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London, sold 12 November 1961 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1976 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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