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Enclosed Field With Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh

    Enclosed Field With Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh

    Enclosed Field With Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1884. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The size of the work is 54 x 65,4 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    In May 1889 van Gogh checked into an insane asylum. This landscape belongs to a series of pictures based on the view from his barred window there. The scene is much as the artist described it in a letter to his brother Theo: “I started working again a little…a field of yellow stubble which is being ploughed, the opposition of the purplish ploughed earth with the strips of yellow stubble, background of hills.” The distant windmills, however, were an addition from the artist’s imagination… (read more in Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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