Roots and Tree Trunks

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:40504

"Roots and Tree Trunks" is an exceptional work by Vincent van Gogh, painted in 1890, shortly before his untimely death. Measuring 50 x 100 cm, the piece is characterized by his distinctive Post-Impressionistic style, marked by thick, bold strokes and vibrant, expressive colors. The raw and untamed imagery of tree roots sprawling chaotically signifies Van Gogh's deep connection with nature, while also possibly reflecting his turbulent mental state. Intriguingly, this was likely his final work, imbuing it with poignant significance in understanding the last chapter of the artist's life.

24 cm

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“Roots and Tree Trunks” is a powerful piece by Vincent van Gogh, one of the world’s most renowned artists, and it belongs to the Post-Impressionist art movement. This painting was created in the summer of 1890, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, a few weeks before the tragic end of Van Gogh’s life. The subject of the painting – a tangle of tree roots – is not as widely known as his iconic sunflowers or starry skies, but it holds a significant place within his body of work.

Post-Impressionism, as an art style, emerged as a reaction against Impressionism in the late 19th century. It extended the impressionist interest in capturing light and color, but went further to involve symbolic, emotional, and subjective elements. Artists such as Vincent van Gogh were inclined to express their feelings and ideas more directly, often employing vibrant colors and distinctive brushwork.

In “Roots and Tree Trunks,” Van Gogh used heavy brushstrokes to render the entangled roots in various shades of blue, green, brown, and yellow, presenting a vivid contrast with the earth and sky. The painting showcases his characteristic style of bold, swirling brushwork, and his use of color as a vehicle for expressing emotion.

The painting is special for several reasons. Firstly, it is believed to be Van Gogh’s last work, providing a poignant closure to his prolific but troubled career. The choice of subject matter – gnarled and twisted roots – might be interpreted as a symbol of life’s struggles and endurance.

Another aspect that makes the painting special is the way Van Gogh approached the topic. He turned an ordinary and often overlooked element of nature into a central theme, capturing its vitality and life force, much like he did with sunflowers and wheat fields. The painting, filled with dynamic energy and movement, demonstrates his unique ability to transform mundane subjects into something profound and memorable.

Although Van Gogh did not receive much recognition during his lifetime, his work greatly influenced the development of modern art. “Roots and Tree Trunks,” with its raw intensity and emotional depth, is a testament to Van Gogh’s remarkable talent and his vision that transcended time.

Original size:
100 x 48 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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