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When many people think of the work of Vincent Van Gogh, the images that will come most readily to mind are likely to be his self-portraits and still lives: paintings that depict subjects up close, tiny details rendered through daubs of colour, all coming together to form an unforgettable image.
But it should not be forgotten that Van gogh also painted landscapes, and these brought a whole new dimension to his distinctive artistic style.
Van Gogh was a post-impressionist, whose paintings reflected the breakdown in naturalistic convention that had come with the impressionist movement. Yet they also captured his unique outlook on the world: they were far from being mere imitations of past impressionist masters. Van Gogh's landscapes are perhaps the best examples of this, as they allow us to witness the world as Van Gogh himself saw it.
The Harvest, a painting from 1888, is a striking specimen of Van Gogh's landscapes. The scene is a bustling darm, including crops being harvested, a stack of hay with a aldder leaning against it, farm equipment lying at rest. a worker toiling, and fields with farmhouses leading out into the horizon.
Van Gogh shows no interest in capturing the details of the scene as it existed in real life: rather, the landscape is made up of daubed colour and loose impressions rather than anything remotely naturalistic. And yet it is a scene that we can believe it. The viewer feels as though they can almost step right into the farm, stroll among the fields, climb onto the haystack, inspect the equipment, pay a visit to one of the farmhouses or head right into the horizon for more exploration.
If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing artistic print for your home, then The Harvest will be just the choice. You can count on this image as something that will delight your family and impress visitors to your home when you put it on display. Some works of art are immortal, transcending the time in which they were created, and The Harvest is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
The painting may have been produced in 1888, but once you place a print in your home, you will soon experience the feeling that the farm depicted by Van Gogh more than a century ago will be only a short walk away. Make no mistake, a print of The Harvest will be your window into a new world.