About the film
About the painting
A copy of this painting can be seen in two places – in the office of Sir Nigel (Max’s boss) and in the in a restaurant owned by a woman that Max is interested in. At the end of the movie van Gogh’s print seems to help Russell Crowe to decide whether to follow his dreams or his career.
‘Road with Cypress and Star’ was painted in May 1890. In an earlier letter to his brother Theo, van Gogh wrote that cypresses were “always occupying his thoughts” and that he found them “beautiful of line” and proportioned like an Egyptian obelisk. He had also intended on painting a nighttime view of the trees since his stay in Arles in 1888.