Van Gogh ‘s Poplars at Saint-Remy at the Norton

The Poplars at Saint Remy by Van GoghVan Gogh's  Poplars at Saint-Remy exhibited at the Norton Museum of Art

Vincent van Gogh is one of the best known artists of the Western world and the Norton Museum is thrilled to exhibit one of his exceptional paintings. The Poplars at Saint-Rémy (1889) was painted in the same community, and in the same year, as The Starry Night, Saint-Rémy, during a period when van Gogh was hospitalized. The stones of a nearby quarry, clear sky, trees, and fields surrounding the institution, inspired several canvases. Van Gogh’s expressive brushstrokes of thick, vivid color imbue The Poplars at Saint-Rémy with exceptional energy, enhancing a composition that reveals the depth of van Gogh’s sensitive perception of his internal and external worlds. A reciprocal loan, this painting is on view in exchange for the Norton’s Gardens of Villa Moreno, Bordighera by Claude Monet, which is presented in the exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, at the Cleveland Museum of Art from Oct. 11, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from Jan. 30 to April 20, 2016.