A few weeks before van Gogh admitted himself into a mental hospital in Saint-Rémy in spring 1889 he had written to Gauguin that he wanted to create a “consolatory art for distressed hearts”. From his bedroom in the clinic he overlooked an enclosed wheat field. Over the course of a year the seasonal changes inspired Van Gogh to paint a cycle of this wheat field, thereby seeing it as an allegorical representation of the fate of human life, which comforted him.

Publication Type: Thesis

Publication Category: University Press

Language: German

ISBN: 978-3-86395-395-9 (Print)

URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:7-isbn-978-3-86395-395-9-3

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