Van Gogh’s Haystacks and Wheatfields

When you think of paintings of haystacks you frequently think of Claude Monet and his Haystacks series. However, Vincent van Gogh painted haystacks as well in his paintings, Haystacks in Provence (1888) and Haystacks under a Rainy Sky (1890).     Along with the haystack paintings, throughout his career, Van Gogh created numerous paintings of wheat fields. Some of these paintings can be used to see the progression of Van Gogh’s techniques over the years, from his early Sheaves of Wheat in a Field (1885) and Wheat Field with a Lark (1887) to his later works like Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital (1889) and Wheatfield with Crows (1890). We see …..

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Water Mill at Gennep by Van Gogh

In 1884, Vincent van Gogh created three paintings all titled Water Mill at Gennep. Van Gogh spent time in Neunen from 1883-1885 and during this time he studied the rural life of the people as well as their surroundings and he executed a number of landscapes, including the 3 watermill paintings. In a letter to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh mentioned the freezing working conditions in which he painted the mill, “Though it has been freezing pretty hard here for the last few days, I am still at work out-of-doors, on a rather large study (more than 40 inches) of an old water mill at Gennep, on the other side …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Siblings

Vincent Willem van Gogh was the oldest of six children of Theodorus and Anna van Gogh.  He was born one year after his parents suffered the loss of stillborn, Vincent Willem, who would have been Vincent’s older brother but instead became his namesake.  He had five siblings, two brothers and three sisters: Theodorus, Cornelius, Anna, Elisabeth and Willemina. Vincent did not have many close friends throughout his life, but the members of the Van Gogh family were closely involved in each other’s lives.  They kept in contact and offered each other encouragement, advice and help. Anna Cornelia (1855-1930), the second born child following Vincent. She went away to boarding school …..

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