In 2018, Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Arbres dans le jardin de lasile’ achieved $40 million USD at auction. Its dimensions, only 41 by 33 cm, pailed beneath its art historical and aesthetic gravitas. The work, an impressionistic rendering of an autumn day, testified to Van Gogh’s great contribution to the history of art.
‘Arbres dans le jardin de lasile’ was painted during Van Gogh’s 1889 stay at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausol asylum in Saint-Remy. It was produced in the months after he suffered an attack, shoveling dirt and paint down his throat. As a consequence Van Gogh was confined to his room and forbidden from painting for six weeks. “For many days I’ve been absolutely distraught” he wrote to his brother Theo, “…you’ll perhaps do well to write a line to Dr Peyron to say that working on my paintings is quite necessary to me for my recovery.”
‘Abres…’ was painted after this hiatus; “Ah, I could almost believe that I have a new period of clarity ahead of me,” wrote Van Gogh. Indeed, despite its staccato use of brushwork and fiery foliage, the work teems with new life; but two months after shipping it to Theo, Van Gogh suffered another severe relapse before fatally shooting himself in the chest.
In ‘after Vincent VAN GOGH Arbres dans le jardin de l asile’ Philippe Le Miere evokes this history. He pays homage to an artist who understood Albert Barnes’s theory of painting with deep acuity. Not merely a recorder of likeness nor data, Barnes characterised a successful artist as “able to make fresh applications of [painting]; it is a means of seeing by which his eye is opened to something not previously seen or put down."
Le Miere’s iteration of ‘Abres…’ is an impression of an impression. Like light filtering through a curtain then a vase before refracting in water, it takes Van Gogh’s sight and splinters it further. An autumnal day disintegrates into blue, orange, red and black beads, sparkling and swirling like spluttering flames. For those interested in art history, impressionism or the theory of art, ‘after Vincent VAN GOGH Arbres dans le jardin de l asile’ promises to spellbind.
What do you see on this autumn day?
Philippe LE MIERE (1975 - )
'after Vincent VAN GOGH Arbres dans le jardin de l asile' 2021
acrylic on canvas
Image Size: 38 x 51 cm
Dimensions: 38 x 51 cm
Signed: Signed lower right Le Miere, inscribed verso Philippe Le Miere, title and date
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