Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Auvers-sur-Oise, June 1890
Original: oil on canvas, 48 x 64 cm bxh
Vincent must have been standing in the middle of a cornfield for this painting. He 'zoomed in' on the plants with their wavy leaves and heavy stalks. He broke through the green corn sea with a blue cornflower in the top left and the pink bindweed in the bottom right.
Van Gogh described this decorative painting to his friend, the artist Paul Gauguin: 'nothing but ears, greenish-blue stalks, long leaves like ribbons, green and pink by the reflection; slightly yellowed ears with a rim that is pale pink by the dusty inflorescence'. The effect of the colours was to evoke the sound of 'the soft rustling of the ears of corn swaying in the wind'.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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