Description of Vincent van Gogh's painting "Haystacks in Provence"

Description of Vincent van Gogh's painting

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1888 g .; canvas, oil; 73.0 × 92.5; Kroehler-Muller Museum.

The period of life in Arles is characterized in Van Gogh's work by an abundance of landscape painting. In his paintings, he tried to capture the beauty of nature, which does not need artificial preening.

The Haystack canvas in Provence is compositionally simple and enchants the eye with its unpretentiousness. Saturated yellow color fills the picture with warm summer radiance. Yellow are written out two large stacks of harvested straw, occupying a central place on the canvas. They seem to dominate everything else, their juicy yellowness is in some places diluted by the arrows of green grass, accidentally harvested in a shock.

Yellow is the color of the field on which the stacks are stacked, the road in the background leading to the village. Yellow is a large two-story house and glimpses on the roofs of huts located further down the horizon. The contrast creates a blue summer sky above, reflections of violet visible in wooden buildings on the ground.

Small details enliven the landscape: a woman with a bucket and a straw hat, wandering along the road, stairs left by the workers on the second stack, clothes thrown over the straw. These traces of the presence of man remind us that the pastoral picture of rural nature was created not only to admire it. Behind all this is the work of people for whom all the splendor surrounding them is not a work of art, but routine.

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