The Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Rémy (Primary Title)

Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (active in France), 1853 - 1890 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Unframed: 9 1/2 × 13 1/4 in. (24.13 × 33.66 cm)
Framed: 18 × 21 3/4 in. (45.72 × 55.25 cm)
Not on view
This view from van Gogh’s hospital room window is one of many versions that he painted while recovering from a serious emotional crisis. The artist suffered from attacks of mania – perhaps stemming from a form of epilepsy – throughout his life, but they become more pronounced following his unsuccessful collaboration with Paul Gauguin in Arles. The bright palette and rhythmic brushwork, characteristic of the artist’s style during this period, create a dynamic vision of the landscape that surrounded the hospital where van Gogh remained for nearly a year.
not signed
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019

2018-2019: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019

Van Gogh, Monet, Homer and the Agrarian Ideal, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, October 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017

“Van Gogh: Up Close,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jan. 26-May 6, 2012; National Gallery of Canada, May 25-Sept. 2, 2012

“Van Gogh and Gauguin: An Artistic Dialogue in the South of France,” VMFA, March 27-June 13, 2004

“Vincent van Gogh,” Musee Jacquemart-Andre, Paris, Feb.-March 1960, no. 56

“Maitres française du XIXe et XXe siècle,” E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdamn, June-August 1958, no. 14

“Verzameling H.P. Bremmer,” Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, March 9-April 23, 1950, no. 37

“Schilderijen door Vincent van Gogh, J.B. Jongkind, Floris Verster,” Juinck and Scherjon, Amsterdam, May 14-June 18, 1932, no. 20

“International Exhibition,” Cologne, May 25-Sept. 30, 1912, No. 32
Cornelia Homburg, Van Gogh: Up Close (Yale University Press, 2012), illus., fig. 80, p. 108; catalogue entry p. 272; photo credit p. 288.

Paul Mellon in His Own Words dvd (Washington DC: National Gallery, 2007), Title 17, chpt.14.

Bruce Yonemoto, A History of Clouds (Los Angeles: Kyo-Dai Productions, 1991) video.

History of Clouds, videotape, Kyo-Dai Productions, Los Angeles, CA, 1991.

Charles Mathes, Treasures of American Museums, New York: M & M Books, 1991, illus., fig. 5, p. 86-87.

Ingo F. Walther and Rainer Metzger, Vincent van Gogh Sämtliche Gemälde, Band: II, Arles, Fevruar 1888-Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890, Köln: Benedikt Taschen Varlag, 1989, p. 603.

Pinkney L. Near, French Paintings, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1985, No. 20, pp. 44-45, color illus.

Jan Hulsker, The Complete Van Gogh, New York: Harrison House/Harry N. Abrams; distributed by Crown Publishers, 1984, p. 430, no. 1872 (illus.).

J.B. de la Faille, The Works of Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam: Reynal & Co., 1970, F 722, pp. 278-279, illus. (listed as The Meadow Behind St. Paul’s Hospital)

J.B. de La Faille, Vincent Van Gogh, Hyperion, 1939, p. 502, No. 729 (illus.).

W. Scherjon and W. Jos. De Gruyter, Vincent van Gogh’s Great Period, Arles, St. Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise, Amsterdam, 1937, no. 161, p. 345 (under heading, “Replicas on a Small Scale Painted for van Gogh’s Mother and Sister).

J.B. de La Faille, L’Oeuvre de Vincent Van Gogh, Paris, 1928, Vol. I, No. 722, p. 205, illus. Vol. II, Pl. CCIV.
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