Arles: View from the Wheatfields

Object Details

Title:

Arles: View from the Wheatfields

Artist/Maker(s):

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 - 1890)

Culture:

Dutch

Place(s):

Arles, France (Place created)

Date:

1888

Medium:

Reed and quill pens and brown ink

Dimensions:

31.2 x 24.1 cm (12 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Vincent van Gogh made this drawing in varied hues of golden brown ink as a study of a painting. The vertical composition, whereby forms grow smaller and denser as the eye moves up, leads the eye across the stubble of a newly cut wheat field framed by gathered stacks of wheat. In the center, a man scythes a section of the field while a woman bundles cut wheat under her arm. The background shifts to the cityscape of Arles, where churches and densely packed houses stretch across the horizon. A railroad train and factories churning smoke into the sky signal the dawn of the machine world and its effect on traditional ways of life.

This drawing embodies many of the characteristic features of van Gogh's work: remarkably varied graphic strokes, a subject matter that comments on the human condition, a golden glow that suggests the warm light of southern France, and a balanced yet dynamic composition.

Provenance
1888 - 1891

Theo van Gogh, sent by the artist in a letter dated August 8, 1888

1891 - 1907

Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, by descent

1907

Paul Cassirer, German, 1871 - 1926, purchase

1907

Gustav Engelbrecht, born 1848

before 1943

J. Freund

1943 - 1978

Robert von Hirsch

June 27, 1978

Sotheby's (London), von Hirsch sale, lot 843

1978

J.B. Goulandris

by 1987

Thomas Gibson Fine Art, Ltd.

by 1991

Heinz Berggruen

May 7, 2001

Phillips Auctioneers, lot 6

Exhibitions
Tentoonstelling Vincent van Gogh (1905)
  • Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam), 1905, (Cat. 374)
14. Ausstellung der Berliner Sezession, Zeichnende Künste (December 1907 to January 1908)
  • Kurfürstendamm, (Berlin), December, 1907 to January, 1908, (Cat. 123)
Vincent van Gogh (1914)
  • Paul Cassirer, (Berlin), 1914, (Cat. 87a)
Vincent van Gogh (December 1927 to April 1928)
  • Otto Wacker Art Gallery, (Berlin), December, 1927 to April, 1928, (Cat. exhibited ex-catalogue)
  • Neue Galerie Vienna, December, 1927 to April, 1928, (Cat. exhibited ex-catalogue)
  • Kestner-Gesellschaft, (Hannover), December, 1927 to April, 1928, (Cat. exhibited ex-catalogue)
Kunstwerke des 19. Jahrhunderts aus Basler Privatbesitz (1943 to 1944)
  • Kunsthalle Basel, 1943, (Cat. catalogue by G. Oeri 50)
Vincent van Gogh. 25 Werke, Hollandhilfe (1945)
  • Galerie Shulthess, (Basel), 1945, (Cat. 24)
Vincent van Gogh (October 11 to November 23, 1947)
  • Kunsthalle Basel, October 11 to November 23, 1947, (Cat. 161)
Van Gogh in Arles (October 18 to December 30, 1984)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 18 to December 30, 1984, (Cat. catalogue by R. Pickvance 82)
19th and 20th Century Masters and Selected Old Masters (June to July 1987)
  • Thomas Gibson Fine Art, Ltd., June to July, 1987, (Cat. pp. 46-47)
Van Gogh to Picasso: The Berggruen Collection at the National Gallery (1991 to 1996)
  • The National Gallery (London), 1991 to 1996, (Cat. (catalogue by Richard Kendall et al.) 2)
Picasso und seine Zeit. Die Sammlung Berggruen (1996 to 2001)
  • Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, (Berlin), 1996 to 2001, (Cat. also pp. 34 and 304 2)
Van Gogh: Felder (October 19, 2002 to January 26, 2003)
  • Kunsthalle Bremen, October 19, 2002 to January 26, 2003, (Cat. Catalogue by D. Hansen et. al. 42)
Van Gogh Drawings (July 1 to December 31, 2005)
  • Van Gogh Museum, (Amsterdam), July 1 to September 18, 2005, (Cat. catalogue by C. Ives et al. 72)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 12 to December 31, 2005, (Cat. catalogue by C. Ives et al. 72)
Van Gogh's Sheaves of Wheat (October 22, 2006 to January 7, 2007)
  • Dallas Museum of Art, (Dallas), October 22, 2006 to January 7, 2007, (Cat. catalogue by D. Kosinski et. al. 27)
Defining Modernity: European Drawings 1800-1900 (June 5 to September 9, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 5 to September 9, 2007, (Cat.)
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009, (Cat.)
Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky (February 7, 2014 to January 25, 2015)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (Los Angeles), June 8 to September 14, 2014, (Cat. 67)