The Sower: Through the eyes of an art lover

‘The Sower’ is an oil painting by the great Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. It was painted in 1888 when the artist was staying in Arles, a city on the Rhône River in the Provence region of southern France. Exhausted from the busy city life of Paris, Van Gogh had headed South in search of warmer weather, bright light and colors of Provence, the beautiful countryside.

This is a humble attempt to look at the ever enchanting painting from the viewpoint of an art lover, and not at all of an art expert.

The first thing in the painting that catches our eyes is the massive, gleaming Sun. An orb of light radiates from it, short and precise brushstrokes which have smeared the entire sky, making it look like a vibrant, golden quilt. The luminescence of the bright yellow Sun and its radiance compels us to realize the enormous energy that it holds within itself. The mighty storehouse of power, from which each and everything on this planet derives energy is thus manifested through Van Gogh’s masterstrokes.

‘The Sower’

Next, our eyes rest upon the vast field covered with quick colorful brushstrokes, bringing in a peculiar texture. It exhibits the unvanquished life hidden within the earth, the immense power derived from the Sun that makes crops grow day after day.

The sower is clad in blue, which makes it somewhat difficult to differentiate him from the entire field. Probably, that is the very point the artist wanted to portray. The sower is a part of Nature just like the field and the crops that would eventually grow in it, the same eternal energy binds all the elements in the scene together. The two flying crows further bring out the rhythm of the painting.

‘The Sower’ is, and will always remain a masterpiece. Reflecting upon it time to time from various perspectives would make us discover newer interpretations, and hence the innate beauty of the painting would be in full bloom!

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