David takes us through the penultimate year of Vincent van Gogh's life in 1889, where he voluntarily committed himself to the asylum of St. Paul de Mausole in St. Remy en Provence. David walks down its lanes, olive groves, and countryside and shows us van Gogh's room and studio.In this protected retreat, van Gogh was free to paint over 150 paintings, including many of his masterpieces, including Olive Trees and The Cypresses. He demonstrates van Gogh's expressive palette and brushwork, his drawing techniques as a preparation for his paintings, reveals his connections to Dutch landscape painting and shows how he employs these ideas in expressive, moving gestures.
Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and "The Cypresses" were on display at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven. The exhibit ran through September 7, 2008. Listen as Yale art curator Jennifer Gross talks to WNPR's Diane Orson