Vincent Van Gogh painted several versions of a wheat field, with cypresses in 1889 while he was a patient at the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Paul de Mausole. This painting is part of his wheat field series and was exhibited at the asylum. Wheat represented human life and manual labor to Van Gogh, whereas the cypresses symbolized stability in a wild landscape.
In addition to A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, Rain and Green Field are also notable paintings from his time at the asylum. Although often cited as his greatest work from this period, Wheatfield with Crows was actually painted shortly before his death. As such, it has taken on added significance as an eerie premonition of his demise.
Van Gogh was renowned for being a prolific artist who created approximately 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings in just over a decade-long career. While he never achieved commercial success during his lifetime due to mental health struggles that plagued him throughout much of adulthood,, he is widely celebrated today for contributing significantly to modern art through expressive brushwork, vivid colors, and striking compositions.