Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies (1890) by Vincent Van Gogh

Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies - Vincent Van Gogh - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleWheat Field Under Threatening Skies
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50.5 x 100.5 cm
Current LocationVincent van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

About Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies

Vincent van Gogh’s painting, Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies, was completed in 1890. It portrays a flat and undistinguished scenery, with green wheat fields under a menacing dark blue sky, which features a few heavy white clouds. The work of art measures 50.4 cm × 101.3 cm and is presently housed at the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

In a letter written by the artist in July 1890, he suggests that his wheat field paintings with turbulent skies expressed his deep sadness and extreme loneliness. The painting’s exceptional use of color and form portrays Van Gogh’s psychological distress and emotional turmoil. The painting’s composition and usage of color are harsh, which creates a psychological uneasiness for the viewer.

Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies is one of Van Gogh’s most recognizable paintings. Critics suggest that this painting harmonizes Van Gogh’s different stylistic elements, identifying it as one of his inspirations. It is an authentic representation of Van Gogh’s artistic technique that illustrates his exemplary ability to capture and evoke emotions through imagery.

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