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In 1890 Van Gogh wrote he had made three paintings in Auvers of large fields of wheat under troubled skies and Wheat Field with Crows, an oil on canvas, may have been one.

Wheat Field with Crows was produced on July 27, 1890. While painting this piece, Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the side. Not knowing he was fatally wounded, he continued his painting and returned to a small inn. He collapsed and died later in a hospital with his brother Theo at his side. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1353x633, 258 KB) In 1890 Vincent van Gogh wrote he had made three paintings in Auvers of large fields of wheat under troubled skies and Wheat Field with Crows, an oil on canvas, may have been one. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1353x633, 258 KB) In 1890 Vincent van Gogh wrote he had made three paintings in Auvers of large fields of wheat under troubled skies and Wheat Field with Crows, an oil on canvas, may have been one. ... Theodorus van Gogh (May 1, 1857-January 25, 1891), best known by his nickname Theo, was the brother of Vincent van Gogh. ...


This painting is interpreted as showing van Gogh's in a troubled state of mind. The brush strokes are wild and violent. His mind was torn in three directions, as shown in the painting with two paths heading left and right, and a center path towards the crows, the harbingers of death. The sky is dark and forbidding, with the crows looming overhead. The mysterious crows looming overheard represent the confusion he had in his mind while he was painting it. The three seperating paths represent his confused state of mind, he had trouble making the right decision.


This painting is currently held at the Van Gogh Rigksmuesum in Otterlo.


External link

  • Wheat Field with Crows - a history. Van Gogh Gallery.com. URL accessed on March 30, 2005.

 
 

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