Landscape with House and Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh


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Landscape with House and Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh Landscape with House and Ploughman by Vincent van Gogh

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

Nationality: Dutch

Completion Date: 1889

Style: Cloisonnism

Genre: Landscape

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: The state Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

This landscape is unusual in its elevated, almost bird’s-eye point of view. Such an angle can be seen as an attempt to look at the world in the Japanese way, natural for an artist obsessed with Japan. However, we cannot speak of serious influence here: Van Gogh’s view was individual and came from his own impressions. The dynamism distinguishing this canvas is alien to Far Eastern landscapes. The painting has an enormous internal energy. The crossing diagonals forming the borders of the fields and the ploughed furrows, the contours of the roofs, the row of cypresses – such vectors strain the composition, but not so much as to disturb the unity of the whole…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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