Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wheat Field with Rising Sun from Van Gogh

After a few days off, back to business.
Not willing to randomly pick an artist through the TerminARTors website, I decided to go to the Magpie Tale website and check the latest picture and what do I see: a painting!
And not from any boring painter: It is Van Gogh. I love Van Gogh.
I must comment on that straight away.
Maybe because he was such a "peintre maudit" or "a cursed painter", I really have a great admiration for Van Gogh.
Misunderstood, disconnected, sensitive, and alienated with work, it must have been Hell to be HIM.
A genius can be so damn lonely. No one ever did a style similar to him before and no one ever managed to copy him after. He was completely unique
This guy had a sterile youth, self taught and with little training, he was unlucky in love, unlucky with his family, lived in poverty, suffered anxiety, produced more than 2,000 artworks in less than a decade, cut off his left ear and died at age 37  from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Can you be any more tormented than this?
And yet he is now selling more than any impressionist painters has done.

Now about Wheat Field with Rising Sun, it was painted in 1889, one year before he died, from the South of France.
The Wheat Field series depicted the view he could see from his adjoining cells in the asylum at Saint-Rémy.
His palette at the beginning consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration which is so distinct of his late work like this one.
The field is rendered with thick brushstrokes (impasto) and heavy layers of paint.

What I love so much about his style is the effect of colours, of movement and perpestive. It really looks like those fields are swaying before our eyes. It feels like the wind and sun reaches the crops and gently strokes the field wild and boundless.
It is just pure raw talent.


  1. I loved this it makes me want to read more about him, I love his art too, beautiful descriptions