The taste for painting landscapes has been as old as painting itself, however, it was throughout the 19th century when impressionist artists knew how to combine, in addition to painting a landscape, do it in the landscape itself or whatever same, paint plain air or outdoors. In this way, and as a legacy of the impressionist betrayal, many painters of post-impressionist aesthetics, including the author Vicent Van Gogh who concerns us here, continued with this landscape trend while combining it with paintings of increasingly crowded cities. of people.
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) has been one of the most outstanding post-impressionist painters of all time,the artist presented a very personal and particular style with a wide range of color and a very charged palette that gives his canvases an indisputable personality but Van Gogh was also one of the most prolific painters in the history of art and although he began to dedicate himself to painting late – first he worked in an art gallery and later he wanted to becoming a priest - to his credit he has more than nine hundred canvases and sixteen hundred drawings. However, as everyone knows, the artist led a truculent and unstable life with serious psychological problems.
Perhaps it was in search of that happiness and calm that he longed for so much when in February 1888 the artist decided to move to Arles with thein order to avoid the hustle and bustle of the big cities as well as with the idea of forming a circle of painters, an idea that did not go well and ended with the famous incident of his ear. But in Arles Van Gogh also found the natural landscape in its purest state, for some time the artist observed the wheat fields and around sixteen works emerged with this motif, among them the work that we analyze here and that is known like The Harvest or Crau Hill near Arles. In this type of canvas, the artist has delayed the architectural elements, placing them in the background to reserve the foreground for the fields laden with harvest.
This is a small oil painting on canvas in a horizontal format and barely measures ninety-two centimeters wide and seventy-three centimeters high, however it is one of the artist's best workswhich is now on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. In it, the artist has perfectly captured the different shades of the field depending on the load of his harvest, with a golden summer light that covers everything and in which the warmth of Provence is appreciated.