One can never talk about art without mentioning the works of Van Gogh. This painter of the impressionist era brought a new vision to nature and the world around us through his paintings. Among his most emblematic works is the ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses’.
Who is Van Gogh?
Before looking at Van Gogh‘s art, it is important to give a brief biography of this well-known artist. The painter Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 in Holland. He was the son of a pastor and was therefore immersed in religion from an early age. He even devoted himself to this field as an adult, after resigning from his job in an art gallery. He studied theology at the University of Amsterdam, but failed to complete his studies. In exchange, he preferred to become a lay preacher. In 1879, he was sent to Belgium on an evangelical mission. This experience inspired him to create paintings such as Potato Eaters. Passionate about painting, he decided to devote himself to this field. He painted hundreds of pictures such as “The Wheat Field with Cypresses”, “Starry Night”, etc. Van Gogh died in 1890 after committing suicide.
The Wheat Field with Cypresses: What is it about?
The “Wheat Field with Cypresses” is a work by Van Gogh in 1889. It consists of three similar paintings, which can still be seen in the National Gallery in London.
As the name suggests, it depicts a wheat field with two trees and cypresses, coloured dark green. The whole is drawn with circular strokes to mark the movement. Swirling curves also appear on the upper part. In the background are mountains with a blue sky, but which seems to be swayed by the wind.
Van Gogh uses a lot of yellow in his paintings. However, other colours such as white, blue or green are also visible in the paintings.
The “Wheat Field with Cypress”: what does it mean?
Apart from the beauty it reflects, ‘the wheat field with cypresses’ also impresses the viewerwith its meaning and connotations. By drawing it, Van Gogh wanted to show us nature in a different light. In one sense, he shows us its beauty with its light, its bright and vivid colours and its impressive contours. But in another sense, he also evokes its controversies, with clouds in the form of whirlwinds and a field, agitated by the wind. It can therefore be said that it is a representation of life: it is beautiful in appearance, but is full of obstacles.