Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield with Crows was painted by Vincent van Gogh in July 1890. He painted it during his time in the commune of Auvers-sur-Oise. Many have cited that it was van Gogh’s last painting, however he appears to have described the scene to his brother Theo in a letter. He only painted a couple additional works before killing himself by self inflected guns shot to the chest. Vincent and his brother are buried at Auvers-sur-Oise.

The strong contrast of the golden wheat against the ominous sky provides a closed in feeling of melancholy. Van Gogh himself described the feeling as “de la solitude extreme” or extreme loneliness. Throughout history, crows have symbolized death or loss. It would not be too much of a stretch to say the crows in the painting are carrying away another soul.

You can see the painting at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Dad who loves art, movies, gritty TV series and an occasional documentary.