Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

In Auvers, Vincent van Gogh painted a number of landscapes with wheatfields in an unusual, elongated format (50 x 100,5 cm). He wrote about these canvases in a letter to his brother Theo: ‘They are enormous sweeping wheatfields beneath stormy skies and I have intentionally tried to express sadness, extreme loneliness in them’. The simple composition of Wheatfield under thunderclouds – a division into two horizontal planes – emphasises the boundless quality of the open fields. There is no tree, bird or figure to interrupt the horizontal character of the landscape. However, the painter claimed that these works also contained a positive meaning: ‘I am almost sure that in these canvases I have articulated what I cannot express in words, namely how healthy and heartening I find the countryside’. Van Gogh intended to take these elongated canvases to Paris in the near future, but this was not to be.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 50.4 cm (H) x 101.3 cm (W)

 

 

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