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    Imágenes: Izquierda: Vincent van Gogh, naturaleza muerta con Biblia, 1885, Van Gogh Museum de Amsterdam (Fundación de Vincent van Gogh) Derecha: Detalle de instalación de la milla de Van Gogh 'Alegría', por Henk Schut

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Van Gogh 1889."Cypresses" was painted in late June 1889, shortly after Van Gogh began his yearlong voluntary stay as a patient in the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The subject, which he found "as beautiful of line and proportion as an Egyptian obelisk," both captivated and challenged the artist: "It is a splash of black in a sunny landscape, but it is one of the most interesting black notes, and the most difficult to hit off exactly that I can imagine."

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In a letter to his brother Theo in 1882, Van Gogh wrote:  "There are but three fundamental colours – red, yellow, and blue; 'composites' are orange, green, and purple. By adding black and some white one gets the endless varieties of greys – red grey, yellow-grey, blue-grey, green-grey, orange-grey, violet-grey. It is impossible to say, for instance, how many green-greys there are; there is an endless variety. But the whole chemistry of colours is not more complicated than those few simple rules.

Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings. Window in the Bataille Restaurant. Paris February-March 1887. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.