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Vincent’s view of the cornfields from his bedroom has changed.

Van Gogh in

Wheatfield

  1. 8 May 1889
     - 15 May 1890

Vincent’s bedroom in Saint-Paul de Mausole looked out over an enclosed wheat field with the Alpilles mountains beyond. In one of his first letters to his brother Theo from Saint-Rémy, he wrote:

“Through the iron-barred window I can make out a square of wheat in an enclosure, a perspective in the manner of Van Goyen, above which in the morning I see the sun rise in its glory.” Read the complete letter

The view kept him occupied; he painted it in all seasons and weathers. Works he produced included Wheat Field after a Storm, Wheat Field with Reaper and Sun, Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon, Enclosed Wheat Field with Rising Sun, Reaper, and Rain. The paintings expressed his belief that wheat symbolised the finitude of life. About Reaper, he wrote:

“I then saw in this reaper – a vague figure struggling like a devil in the full heat of the day to reach the end of his toil – I then saw the image of death in it, in this sense that humanity would be the wheat being reaped. So if you like it’s the opposite of that Sower I tried before.“ [[brief nr=800] Read the complete letter

Made here

Wheatfield after a Storm, 1889

Wheatfield after a Storm, 1889

Oil on canvas, 70,5 x 88,5 cm

Wheatfield with Rising Sun, 1889

Wheatfield with Rising Sun, 1889

Oil on canvas, 71 x 90,5 cm

Private collection

Rain, 1889

Rain, 1889

Oil on canvas, 73,5 x 92,5 cm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Reaper, 1889

Reaper, 1889

Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Wheatfield with a reaper, 1889

Wheatfield with a reaper, 1889

Oil on canvas, 73,2 x 92,7 cm

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Landscape with wheat sheaves and rising moon, 1889

Landscape with wheat sheaves and rising moon, 1889

Oil on canvas, 72 x 91,3 cm

Landscape at Saint-Rémy (Enclosed Field with Peasant), 1889

Landscape at Saint-Rémy (Enclosed Field with Peasant), 1889

Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (schenking van mevr. James W. Fesler)

Field with a reaper, 1889

Field with a reaper, 1889

Oil on canvas, 49 x 62 cm

Private collection

Reaper, 1889

Reaper, 1889

Pen, reed pen, 45 x 58,5 cm

wheat field after a storm, 1889

wheat field after a storm, 1889

Reed pen, pen and ink on paper, 47 x 61,8 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

Wheatfield, 1889

Wheatfield, 1889

Pen on paper, 46 x 61 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

Wheatfield and cypresses, 1889

Wheatfield and cypresses, 1889

Pencil, reed pen, pen and ink on paper, 47,1 x 61,3 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

The wall enclosing the wheatfield near the asylum, 1890

The wall enclosing the wheatfield near the asylum, 1890

Chalk on paper, 23,8 x 31,9 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

    Relevant letters from Vincent

    Continue reading

    1. Ronald Pickvance

      Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers
      New York, 1986
    2. Marije Vellekoop, Roelie Zwikker

      Vincent van Gogh, tekeningen, deel 4: Arles, Saint-Rémy, Auvers-sur-Oise
      Amsterdam, 2007