Van Gogh turned to art as a means to express and communicate his deepest sense of the meaning of life. The series of paintings about wheat fields expresses through symbolism and use of color his deeply felt spiritual beliefs. He held up to a high standard of how dedicatedly he should approach abstract studies rather than abstract studies.
About Wheat Fields in brief
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. Van Gogh turned to art as a means to express and communicate his deepest sense of the meaning of life. The wheat field works demonstrate his progression as an artist from the drab Wheat Sheaves made in 1885 in the Netherlands to the colorful, dramatic paintings from Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise of rural France. The series of paintings about wheat fields expresses through symbolism and use of color his deeply felt spiritual beliefs, appreciation of manual laborers and connection to nature. He held up to a high standard of how dedicatedly he should approach abstract studies rather than abstract studies, he wrote that making abstract studies is like making a horse. If one hasn’t a horse, one is one’s own horse, he said. He used to say that abstract studies are like making an abstract horse, rather than an abstract study. He said: ‘One must undertake with confidence, with a certain assurance that one is doing a reasonable thing, who drives his plow… who drags himself behind the harrow. row.. who drives the plow.’ He wrote: ‘The best way to know God is to love many things. Love a friend, a wife, something – whatever you like – you will be on the way to knowing more about Him; this is what I say to myself. But one must love with a lofty and serious intimate sympathy, with strength, with intelligence.’ He was inspired by the works of Jean-François Millet, Jules Breton, and others.
In 1885 he described the painting of peasants as the most essential contribution to modern art. He described Millet and Breton of religious significance, “something on high,” and described them as thevoices of the wheat. The Sower, June 1888, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, is one of the most famous works of art by the Dutch artist. The painting was his treatment of the destrodden and downtrodden, a common denominator in his favored sentimental treatment of people. He called the treatment of peasants: ‘How shall I ever manage to manage to paint what I love so much so much? Referring to his brother Theo, he asked, ‘How do I manage to do so much painting?’ He wrote that he preferred abstract studies to abstract studies because he preferred to use his imagination rather than that of nature, and that he liked to paint from his own imagination. He also said that he wanted to leave some souvenir in the shape of drawings or pictures – not made to please a certain taste in art, but to express a sincere feeling. He wanted to express his ‘love of God and man’ through painting. As a young man he pursued what he saw as a religious calling, wanting to minister to working people. In. 1876 he was assigned a post in Isleworth, England to teach Bible classes and occasionally preach in the Methodist church.