CORNFIELD WITH CROWS
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890
Original: oil on canvas, 103 xc50.5 cm wxh
Wheat Field with Crows is one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings. It is often said that this was the artist's very last work. The threatening sky with crows and the dead end path would suggest his imminent death. This, however, is a persistent myth. After this painting, he made several other works.
With his wheat fields under wild skies, Van Gogh wanted to express 'sadness, extreme loneliness', but at the same time he also wanted to show 'how healthy and heartening I find the countryside'.
Van Gogh used strong colour combinations for this painting. The blue sky contrasts with the yellow-orange corn, while the red of the path is reinforced by green strips of grass.
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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