Evening Landscape with Rising Moon - Vincent Van GoghBy Ritika Tiwari Thursday, April 06, 2017 Art, AtoZChallenge
I personally love how Van Gogh can depict nature in the most beautiful colours possible. But looking at his old work, you realize, he wasn’t always like that. Young Vincent was a rebel who drew paintings of his mistresses and skulls.
But like a true Hollywood movie, Vincent moved to France and everything changed. With so many scenic beauty around, he noticed the changing colours of nature, and put his own twist to it on the canvas.
He lived in Arles where there were a lot of wheatfields which inspired him so much that he drew more than a dozen paintings as a part of his Wheat field series. But the painting that we are talking about today was actually made by Van Gogh when he was admitted to an asylum in Saint Remy in 1889 (he had depression and his panic fits were getting worse).
From the hospital window bars, Vincent drew whatever he could see which also included cypresses, lilies, and irises.
In fact, he was at the peak of his creativity between 1889 to 1890, when he died. So much so that he drew more than 150 paintings, including many of his masterpieces.
About the Evening Landscape with Rising Moon
Also known as the Landscape With Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon, the painting is one of Van Gogh’s masterpieces because of the changing colours but a constant pattern.
Whether you look at wheat, mountains, or the moon, its all done with the same pattern. But what makes the painting more amazing is the use of different shades of the same colour, which is a signature Van Gogh technique.
Being a post impressionist, Van Gogh didn’t paint objects just like they were, he used colour to show his reaction to the object. And that is why, the moon looks so bright - if it weren’t for the description, anyone would have mistaken it for the sun.
I was going through the entire Wheatfields series that Van Gogh did, and this is the only painting of the set where he decided to use the same pattern everywhere. Though, there are two small houses that are tucked in corners and not painted with the same pattern. (May be he added them later? Or may be he just got bored with the pattern?)
And honestly, there is something so hypnotic about the whole painting, it draws you in completely. It feels as if he wanted to depict the nature’s underlying rhythm with his brushstrokes and colours.