Van Gogh's Sheaves of Wheat

Van Gogh's Sheaves of Wheat

by Dorothy Kosinski, Bradley Fratello
     
 

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) viewed wheat as a central metaphor of the cycle of life and the creative process. As such, it was a theme that he consistently explored throughout his career. This book examines the artist’s personal and visual fascination with wheat, analyzing the significance that the motif––and by extension, the peasant at work

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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) viewed wheat as a central metaphor of the cycle of life and the creative process. As such, it was a theme that he consistently explored throughout his career. This book examines the artist’s personal and visual fascination with wheat, analyzing the significance that the motif––and by extension, the peasant at work in nature––played within the social and cultural framework of 19th-century France and in the works of other artists of the time.
Focusing on his Sheaves of Wheat at the Dallas Museum of Art––one of thirteen canvases completed in the last month of his life––this beautiful book features illustrations of Van Gogh’s works as well as personal correspondence and letters. Related images by such prominent contemporary artists as Emile Bernard, Jules Breton, Charles F. Daubigny, Paul Gauguin, Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro are also included. Together these works reveal the larger social and political trends of 19th-century France.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume takes the unusual organizing principle of celebrating an unrenowned Vincent van Gogh painting at the Dallas Museum of Art. The work, which depicts sheaves of wheat, is among the last paintings the Dutch artist completed before committing suicide in 1890. The museum has made it the centerpiece of a recent exhibit, as well as of this volume, by focusing on images of wheat in van Gogh's oeuvre and in the work of artists who influenced him (Jean-Fran ois Millet and 20 others). Brief essays by Kosinski, a curator at the museum, and Bradley Fratello (art, St. Louis Community Coll., Meramec) touch on the meaning of wheat as an image for van Gogh and the other artists, whose thumbnail biographies are provided. The 100-plus color reproductions are of adequate quality, and the text (including personal correspondence) is accessible to nonspecialists, but the book is more a curiosity than an essential work for libraries.-Kathryn Wekselman, MLn., Cincinnati Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300117721
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, is the author of Dialogues: Duchamp, Cornell, Johns, Rauschenberg and Henry Moore: Sculpting the Twentieth Century, both published by Yale University Press. Bradley Fratello is Assistant Professor in the art department at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. Laura Bruck is a McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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