Wheatfield under thunderclouds, 1890

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 50 x 100.5 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • F 778


In Auvers, Van Gogh choose to paint a large number of landscapes on canvases of an exceptional format, 100 x 50 centimetres. A letter to Theo describes the sadness and loneliness he wished these paintings to express, but also his desire to show how ‘healthy and heartening’ he found the countryside.

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Symbolic Wheatfields

In Auvers, Van Gogh painted a large number of landscapes with wheatfields, all on unusual, elongated canvases (50 x 100 cm). He wrote to Theo about two of these works: “They depict vast, distended wheatfields under angry skies, and I deliberately tried to express sadness and extreme loneliness in them.” But these pictures also had a positive side: “I am almost certain that these canvases illustrate what I cannot express in words, that is, how healthy and reassuring I find the countryside.” Was this also true of the Wheatfield with Crows? Unfortunately, this will probably always remain a mystery.

Leo Jansen on 'Wheatfield under thunderclouds'

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