Van Gogh’s “last gasp”

Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890

Green Wheat Fields, Auvers, 1890

I’d thought Wheat Field with Crows had that honor, but apparently this largely unseen painting might have been his goodbye. It’s as good as anything from that final year. Another reason to visit the National Gallery again.

Van Gogh scholars are likely to be thrilled that the work is once again in the public domain. The painting has not been displayed publicly since 1966. Mellon’s wife, Rachel Lambert Mellon, has held the rights to the painting since his death in 1999. This year, she relinquished the remainder of her estate, allowing the museum to display the work. Until recently, the painting hung over the fireplace in the Mellons’ Upperville, Va., home.

Washington Post

1 Response to “Van Gogh’s “last gasp””

  1. Sarah

    Gorgeous. (But I like a lot of the his earlier stuff too.)