Country Road in Provence by Night (Road with Cypress and Star)
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Oil on canvas.
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands.
"I still have a cypress with a star from down there, a last attempt - a night sky with a moon without radiance, the slender crescent barely emerging from the opaque shadow cast by the earth - one star with an exaggerated brilliance, if you like, a soft brilliance of pink and green in the ultramarine sky, across which some clouds are hurrying. Below, a road bordered with tall yellow canes, behind these the blue Basses Alpes, an old inn with yellow lighted windows, and a very tall cypress, very straight, very sombre.
On the road, a yellow cart with a white horse in harness, and two late wayfarers. Very romantic, if you like, but also Provence, I think." - Vincent van Gogh to Paul Gauguin. Auvers-sur-Oise. Jun 17, 1890.
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