In our over-stimulating world of art fairs, gallery exhibitions and pop-up shows, it is a delight to visit the small rotunda at the Metropolitan Museum Lehman Pavilion which has just four works of art on display. Installed in the sequence they were painted by Vincent Willem Van Gogh (1853-1890), the paintings are a joyous welcome to spring time after our long winter months. Timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of a letter to his brother, which described this project, the wall text with the pictures and on- line video describe the intensity of this experience for the artist.
Painted in the monastery of St. Paul de Mausole near St. Remy, France, Vincent created them while he was hospitalized there in 1888 after prolonged bouts with depression, anxiety, and illnesses resulting from excesses of tobacco and absinthe. In the quiet of the hospital grounds, Vincent found solace in the wonders of the spring blossoms.