The Harvest, 1888

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

While in Arles, Vincent van Gogh painted a number of series on various subjects. He had already carried out a sequence of blossoming orchards in the spring of 1888, and in June of that year he turned his attention to the harvest and wheatfields. In little more than a week he executed as many as ten paintings and five drawings on the theme.

Van Gogh intended to capture the mood of a summer’s day through ‘an opposition of blues against an element of orange in the golden bronze of the wheat’. In this painting the artist has successfully depicted such a ‘summer sun effect’. However, Van Gogh was not simply interested in portraying a sunny landscape. His primary intention was to reflect rural life, and the painting also depicts the various stages of harvest. Although the peasant’s activities are presented at a distance, Van Gogh considered these an essential part of the painting. The artist regarded this work as one of his most successful paintings. ‘The [...] canvas thoroughly beats all the others’, he declared in a letter to his brother Theo.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 73.4 cm (H) x 91.8 cm (W)

 

 

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