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The sower and the sunset

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June 1888, 64×80.5 cm • Oil, Canvas

Description of the artwork «The sower and the sunset»

Living in Paris by the beginning of 1988 became unbearable for Vincent van Gogh. His work is still not recognized by the public, so in February, the artist decided to leave the city and move to Arles. Provence immediately captivated him with its colors and abundance of light, despite the fact that everywhere else was snow. It is here that the work of the painter reached its peak, finally formed brushwork. In the van Gogh painting "the Sower and the sunset"written during this period reflected the basic principles of using color, bred artist.

Leaving from Paris, Vincent decided to abandon impressionism in his work. He sought to develop the most simple technique in order to "more fully Express themselves," combining pattern and color to show the beauty of nature of Provence. However, impressionistic brushwork was still present in the artist's works. This is especially noticeable in methods of transfer of svetovozdushnoy, large color spots. For example, van Gogh's painting "the Sower and the sunset", the description of which is presented here, it is possible to judge about the increased tension and dynamism of the works.

The theme of the sower raised in this work, for the artist was not new. He first painted a similar story for 8 years before moving to Arles. It was a copy of the same works of Millais. Stories telling about the lives of ordinary people describing the beauty of the world, has always attracted painters. In certain periods of his life, manner of execution and the overall mood of the paintings is quite varied, but each piece was written with great warmth and love. In the South, in Provence, where Vincent, a painter who reached the highest point of its development, he found the necessary component to create his masterpieces — "the high yellow note." Van Gogh painting "the Sower and the sunset" is penetrated by the color, which the artist considered beautiful in any shade.

Vincent yellow symbolized love and life itself, its infinity and mystery. He used all existing colors: lemon yellow, straw, gold, ochre. The artist wanted to capture on his canvases the sun as he sees it: as a huge glowing ball stationary, not subject to any changes and unrest. Perhaps the events of his own troubled life, full of creative and personal upheaval, forced van Gogh to look for in the world around a certain pivot point.

Favorite colors of van Gogh, the yellow and blue complement each other in the paintings of the late period of his work, such as "the Sower and the sunset," the cycle "Sunflowers" still lifes and urban landscapes. The contrasting colors, bright and so attractive on the canvas, too symbolic, drawing your gaze, it simultaneously causes uncomfortable feelings of anxiety. A joyful and fruitful period of work in Arles for van Gogh ended tragically.
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About the artwork
Subject and objects: Landscape
Style of art and technique: Post-Impressionism, Oil

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