Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky

Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky

Painting Date
1st of July 1890
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Wheatfield under Thunderclouds

July 1890
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)
oil on canvas, 50.4 cm x 101.3 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

In the last weeks of his life, Van Gogh completed a number of impressive paintings of the wheatfields around Auvers. He had grown so concerned about his financial and artistic status that the brush almost fell from his hand as he worked, he wrote on 10 juli 1890. He sought in these ambitious works to express ‘sadness, extreme loneliness’.

The elongated format of Wheatfields under Thunderclouds is unusual: it emphasizes the grandeur of the landscape and the menacing sky, as does the simple composition, consisting of two horizontal planes. The desolate feel of the painting is heightened by the absence of trees, birds or human beings.

These ‘immense stretches of wheatfields under turbulent skies’ also had a positive significance for Van Gogh: ‘I’d almost believe that these canvases will tell you what I can’t say in words, what I consider healthy and fortifying about the countryside.’

7-1-1890 Wheat Field Under Clouded Sky Painting, Oil on Canvas Auvers-sur-Oise: July, 1890 Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe F: 778, JH: 2097

Where Vincent Was:
Auvers Sur Oise

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