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The Sower by Vincent van Gogh

    The Sower by Vincent van Gogh

    The Sower by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo. The size of the work is 64,2 x 80,3 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    All the attention is drawn to the field with clods of earth, painted in thickly applied, blue-violet and orange paint, almost like a relief. The sower does his work and the sun dominates the scene as an eternal source of light and energy. The striking aspect of this painting is that behind the sower, who sows the ploughed land with a broad arm gesture, the ripe corn can still be seen. With this, Van Gogh refers to the cycle of nature and of life. The theme of the sower also has a religious aspect for him: the sower on the land represents the sower of God’s word… (Read more in Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo)

    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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