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Vincent Van Gogh's Ominous Wheatfield With Crows Intrigues...

Updated on September 17, 2014

I First Saw Vincent Van Gogh's Haunting Wheat Field With Crows Painting At The Van Gogh Museum In Amsterdam

Vincent Van Gogh's Wheatfield With Crows is, in my unschooled opinion, one of Van Gogh's lesser known pieces. I myself only recently discovered it in the summer of 2009 when I was privileged to spend two days in Amsterdam and visited the Van Gogh Museum. I was familiar with some of Van Gogh's more popular works, not because I know much about art but because they inundate our society. Pause for a moment and think of the Van Gogh works you are familiar with. They include his Sunflowers, Night Caf, Yellow House, Starry Night and Irises, all of which appear on everything from t-shirts and mugs to calendars.

The Wheatfield with Crows painting apparently does, too, albeit to a lesser degree and I expect that is why I was unfamiliar with it. Coming face-to-face with it in Amsterdam was my introduction and sparked a desire in me to learn a bit more about this slightly eerie, somewhat ominous and definitely thought-provoking masterpiece. Let me, on this page, introduce YOU to Wheatfield With Crows and we will see what you think of it afterward.

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Vincent van Gogh'sWheatfield With Crowsis considered one of hismost powerful paintings.It is also the one whichis most strongly debated.

The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (DVD)

The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (DVD)
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Vincent Van Gogh's Story

Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter who lived between the years of 1853 and 1890. His works still have considerable influence because of their color and emotion. Van Gogh suffered from both mental illness and anxiety and committed suicide at the age of 37, with his artistic talent still mostly unknown.

People interpret Vincent Van Gogh's July 1890 Wheatfield With Crows as representing his troubled state of mind shortly before his death. They take that dark sky, choice of path direction and the crows circling as signs of darkness or death. It is often thought to be Vincent Van Gogh's last painting, although this fact has never been proven.

Van Gogh painted three 50 by 100 centimeter wheatfields at Auvers. Of two of them he said, "They depict vast, distended wheatfields under angry skies, and I deliberately tried to express sadness and extreme loneliness in them." and "I am almost certain that these canvases illustrate what I cannot express in words, that is, how healthy and reassuring I find the countryside." It is unsure if those sentiments also applied to the Wheatfield With Crows.

Wheatfield With Crows has been considered Vincent Van Gogh's suicide note.

Interpretation Of The Wheat Field With Crows

  • THE PATHS: The paths seen in the painting are sometimes seen to reflect choices. Choices to Van Gogh's past and to the future. They are also interpreted as an indication of the confusion regarding the direction of his life and, in particular the middle path, has raised the questions of whether or not it actually leads anywhere or whether it simply leads to the end.

  • THE SKY: Van Gogh often depicted the sky as stormy. He was respectful of nature and found storms liberating. Storms, he felt, were an important part of nature.

  • THE CROWS: A powerful part of The Wheat Field With Crows is, of course, the crows. There has been a lot of symbolism involved and a lot of debate about whether or not the crows are flying to or away from Van Gogh. That makes a difference, of course, as to how you perceive them. Are they a threat or not? The VG Gallery feels that this debate is unimportant. First, they feel that since it is impossible to prove which way the crows are going, it is irrelevant and second, they feel that Van Gogh generally celebrated nature and so would not have found the crows to be a threat.

Wheatfield With Crows Mug
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Vincent Van Gogh Wheatfield with Crows Coffee Mug

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Van Gogh: Brush With Genius - A beautiful Imax documentary film about the life and artwork of Vincent Van Gogh.

Read more about Vincent Van Gogh's life and artwork. This film chooses to focus in on his life, his work and the locations at which he created his pieces. Unlike many other films about this artist, it does not focus on his illness. Typical of most Imax documentaries, it is a beautiful if somewhat short presentation, perfect for anyone wanting to visit the locations of Vincent Van Gogh's famous artworks.

Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius (IMAX) [Blu-ray]
Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius (IMAX) [Blu-ray]
Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius is available on blu-ray or DVD by clicking right here. The blu-ray disc, by the way, is considered to have reference quality visual and well done audio presentations.

What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh? - By Richard Muhlberger

Published in part by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book shares information about Vincent Van Gogh's life and paintings. It discusses his surroundings and others who had influence upon him; deals with 12 of his important paintings pictures ranging from the Potato Eaters to the very ominous Crows over a Wheatfield; and covers the different types of pictures that Van Gogh painted including portraits, interiors, florals and landscapes. It also talks about his painting techniques and choices of color. This is a handsome, hardcover book that you will treasure forever. It is a young adult book, perfect for someone like you and I who wants to learn a bit more about Van Gogh and who does not already have a lot of knowledge about the painter.

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      8 years ago

      Van Gough was a fascinating person, and had a very sad life, like many artists. I love his work, though. Thanks for the info!

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      Sher Ritchie 

      8 years ago

      Van Gogh was a generous person - perhaps he was painting crows in the wheatfield as a way of saying "Crows have a place in the world just as we do." Ie: We need the wheatfields, perhaps we need the crows as well but don't realise it yet.

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      John Dyhouse 

      10 years ago from UK

      I do like many of his paintings but vincent is not a real favourite of mine. Much of his work however does demand serious study and the analyses that you have offered here do really make this an intriguing work. Thanks for the read, and the information contained therein.

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      Kerri Bee 

      10 years ago from Upstate, NY

      His art really to emit a mood, don't they?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      Van Gogh is my absolute all time favorite and while I have never seen this painting in person, it is totally awesome!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Now this is art! Very fascinating work of Vincent Van Gogh.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      I'm fascinated by all of Van Gogh's paintings and think he was a very talented artist. Whenever I look at the painting I always think the crows are flying away, I didn't realize it was one of the debatable points! I guess I just enjoy art and don't analyse it :)

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      10 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderful lens for this assignment! :)

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      I agree. Fascinating painting!

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      10 years ago

      Very Nice Brenda :0) Love the Wheatfield with Crows, what an awesome picture!

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      10 years ago

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      10 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      fascinating lens

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      This is a fascinating painting by one of the most fascinating artists of them all. I really enjoyed reading more about it here.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      I love the feeling in all of Van Gogh's paintings. I was recently informed by an artist friend that Van Gogh probably had astigmatism; they have diagnosed him retroactively based on the "halos" he paints around things, especially light sources. Apparently that is how things actually appear to uncorrected astigmatic vision!

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      LadyLovelace LM 

      10 years ago

      Good choice - I've always thought this painting was subtly creepy, and it's a new one on me that it's considered his suicide note; adds a whole new level to the strange power of the painting, doesn't it?

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I love the colors and the movement in Wheatfield With Crows. There is a flock of crows that frequents my back yard and they are fascinating birds. They rule the roost except for when the Blue Heron comes along. He sits at the top of his tree and can silence and disperse the crows with a squawk. I can see why Van Gogh would choose this subject to paint.

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have to be honest and admit that I'm not "into" analyzing art, but I know what I like when I see it. I always like Van Gogh's work and Wheatfield with Crows is no exception. Great Halloween art choice, too!


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