Ears of Wheat, 1890

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 64.5 X 48.5 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • F 767

It was to the painter Paul Gauguin that Van Gogh described this study as ‘nothing more than ears of wheat, green-blue stalks long, ribbon-like leaves, under a sheen of green & pink; ears of wheat, yellowing slightly, with an edge made pale pink by the dusty manner of flowering; at the bottom, a pink bindweed winding round a stalk. I would like to paint portraits against a background that is so lively and yet so still.’ And indeed, he was later to use the motif as the background to a portrait. The effect of the colors alone was to be evocative ‘of the soft rustle of the ears of grain swaying back and forth in the wind.’

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