Arts Everyday Living:Van Gogh & His Reverence for the Peasants–In the Endless Fields of France



Vincent van Gogh, Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (After Millet), Saint-Remy-de-Provence, September, 1889, oil on canvas, cardboard, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Netherlands

Title: Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (After Millet), 1889

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

During the last year of his life, Vincent continued to express his respect and reverence for the peasants. In Peasant Woman Binding Sheaves (After Millet), a solitary woman labors in an endless field. The day seems quiet and calm, perhaps the only sound to be heard is the rustle of the wheat being bound. We can not see the woman’s faces as she bends over, so absorbed in her work. Her long, graceful arms and humble hands reach downward, efficiently accomplishing their mission.

Who she is and what her name is, we will never know. It does not seem to matter, though; only the task before her is important. For she is performing a labor as ancient as civilization—providing food and nourishment for her fellow man and woman.




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