Museum Folkwang
La moisson
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • La moisson, 1889

  • The Wheatfield behind Saint Paul's Hospital with a Reaper
  • Oil on canvas
  • 59,5 x 72,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1902 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. G 62
  • CommentaryThrough the window of his room in the Saint-Remy mental hospital, van Gogh looked out on a field. He painted and drew this motif, which lay just beyond the garden wall, several times. In a letter to his friend, Émile Bernard, he wrote that he had taken up the »devil of a question of yellow« in the study. He intended to paint it in pure sulfur yellow. Van Gogh explained the metaphor, obviously chosen with care, to his brother Theo; »I see in this reaper – an undefined figure, struggling in the intense heat like the devil to finish his work – I see him as an image of death in the sense that the humans are the corn that is being cut down. So it is, if you will, the opposite of the sowing that I tried earlier. But this death is not sad, it takes place in bright light with a sun that covers everything with a light like pure gold.«
  • ProvenanceKünstler
    Johanna Cohen Gosschalk-Bonger, Amsterdam
    05.1902, Vermittlung, Kunsthandel Paul Cassirer, Berlin
    1902 - 1922, Kauf bei Cassirer, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,018
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: La moisson
  • Obj_Title2_S: The Wheatfield behind Saint Paul's Hospital with a Reaper
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): La moisson The Wheatfield behind Saint Paul's Hospital with a Reaper La moisson Die Ernte, Kornfeld mit Schnitter
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1889
  • Jahr von: 1,889
  • Jahr bis: 1,889
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 62
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0062
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 59,5 x 72,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1902 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
    Photo: Museum Folkwang
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Through the window of his room in the Saint-Remy mental hospital, van Gogh looked out on a field. He painted and drew this motif, which lay just beyond the garden wall, several times. In a letter to his friend, Émile Bernard, he wrote that he had taken up the »devil of a question of yellow« in the study. He intended to paint it in pure sulfur yellow. Van Gogh explained the metaphor, obviously chosen with care, to his brother Theo; »I see in this reaper – an undefined figure, struggling in the intense heat like the devil to finish his work – I see him as an image of death in the sense that the humans are the corn that is being cut down. So it is, if you will, the opposite of the sowing that I tried earlier. But this death is not sad, it takes place in bright light with a sun that covers everything with a light like pure gold.«