Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, August 1888
pencil, pen and reed pen and ink, on paper,
24.4 cm x 32.0 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh based this drawing on one of his own paintings: The Sower, which is now on display in the Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo, NL). All in all, he made more than 30 drawings and paintings on this theme. The sower symbolised the eternal cycle of existence. Sowing brings forth new life.
For this drawing, Van Gogh worked with pens of different thicknesses. He used thick lines for the ploughed earth in the foreground and a thin, delicate pen for the sun.