CORNFIELD WITH MOWER
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, September 1889
Original: oil on canvas, 92.7 x 73.2 cm bxh
Van Gogh painted this walled field from his room in the institution. During his first months there, he was not allowed to leave the grounds.
The mower toils in the heat of the sun in the field. The wheat, painted in thick splotches of yellow paint, undulates around him. For Van Gogh the wheat symbolised the eternal cycle of nature and the transience of life. In the mower he saw 'death ... in the sense that mankind represents the wheat that is being mown'. He added, however, that it was a death 'almost with a smile. It is all yellow, apart from a row of purple hills - pale and light yellow. I find it funny that I saw it like that through the bars of a cell.
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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