Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with a Reaper (size 20 figure for Vincent’s mom)

Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with a Reaper (size 20 figure for Vincent’s mom)

"I really want to redo the reaper one more time for Mother, if not I’ll make her another painting for her birthday, that will come later, for I’ll send it with the rest. For I’m sure that Mother would understand it – for it’s indeed as simple as one of those coarse wood engravings that one finds in country almanacs." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Thursday, 5 and Friday, 6 September 1889
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By the time Vincent paints this work in September of 1889, he has already painted a repetition of the June piece of this view of a reaper outside of his hospital room window.  This third rendition is destined for his 70 year old mother in Holland.
“I really want to redo the reaper one more time for Mother, if not I’ll make her another painting for her birthday, that will come later, for I’ll send it with the rest.
For I’m sure that Mother would understand it – for it’s indeed as simple as one of those coarse wood engravings that one finds in country almanacs.
Send me the canvas as soon as you can, because I want to do some more repetitions for the sisters too, and if I undertake new autumnal effects I’ll have the wherewithal to fill my time from one end to the other for this month.
I’m eating and drinking like a wolf at present. I must say that the doctor is very kindly towards me.  3v:10
Yes, I think it’s a good idea to go and make a few paintings for Holland, for Mother and the two sisters that will make three, i.e. the reaper, the bedroom, the olive treeswheatfield and cypress, that will make four even, for then I have yet another person for whom I’ll make one too.31 I’ll work on that with as much pleasure and more calm than for the Vingtistes, that goes without saying, since I’m feeling strong you can be sure that I’m going to try to get through a lot of work. I’m taking the best there are from 12 subjects, so they’ll still have things that are a little studied and chosen. And then there is good in working for people who don’t know what a painting is.
Good handshake to you and Jo.

Ever yours,

Vincent”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Thursday, 5 and Friday, 6 September 1889

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 59.5 x 73 cm size 20 figure
Saint-Rémy: September 10, 1889
Museum Folkwang
Essen, Germany, Europe
F: 619, JH: 1792
Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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