Snow-covered Field with a Harrow (after Millet), 1890
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
A snow-covered field with farm implements lies under a gray sky wheeling with crows. Van Gogh derived his subject from an etching by Alfred Delaunay, made after a work by the French painter Jean-François Millet. Millet’s original painting, which contained no figures, was an exception in his oeuvre. Van Gogh adopted the composition of the monochrome print, adding his own distinctive color and characteristic brushstroke. His landscape became even more wintry and desolate than Millet’s… It is in fact more a variation on the Millet than a copy.