Trees & Undergrowth

Gogh, V. van (1887). Trees and Undergrowth [oil on canvas]. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum.

This painting by Vincent van Gogh is one of several paintings of trees and undergrowth, a genre called “sous-bois” brought into prominence by artists of the Barbizon School and Impressionists.

This work use shades of color and light in the forest interior painting. Vincent walked into the forest for a close view. The painting evokes the trees and grassy undergrowth, the sky is barely visible, just a glimpse of sky sometimes penetrating the branches.