Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Oil on canvas; 28 3/4 x 36 3/4 in. (73 x 93.4 cm)
Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1993 (1993.132)
Writing to his brother Theo from the asylum in Saint-Rémy in early July 1889, Van Gogh described his latest work in the series he had begun in June: "I have a canvas of cypresses with a few ears of wheat, poppies, a blue sky, which is like a multicolored Scotch plaid." Van Gogh regarded this sun-drenched landscape as one of his "best" summer canvases and repeated the composition three times: first in a reed pen drawing (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) and then in two oil variants he made later that fall (National Gallery, London; private collection).