Wheat Fields

Didn’t know Van Gogh liked wheat fields and had his own interpretation of them until I read the following from Wikipedia:

In 1889 Van Gogh wrote of the way in which wheat was symbolic to him: “What can a person do when he thinks of all the things he cannot understand, but look at the fields of wheat… We, who live by bread, are we not ourselves very much like wheat… to be reaped when we are ripe.”

Van Gogh saw in his paintings of wheat fields an opportunity for people to find a sense of calm and meaning, offering more to suffering people than guessing at what they may learn “on the other side of life.”

Van Gogh writes Theo that he hopes that his family brings to him “what nature, clods of earth, the grass, yellow wheat, the peasant, are for me, in other words, that you find in your love for people something not only to work for, but to comfort and restore you when there is a need.”  Further exploring the connection between man and nature, Van Gogh wrote his sister Wil, “What the germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us.”

The pictures were taken in Hokkaido, Japan.CIMG0151

May you find  “a sense of calm and meaning” as Van Gogh found in the wheat fields.

May you also find inspiration  in ” what a germinating force is in a grain of wheat, love is in us“.CIMG0147

Apart from the wheat, I also love the clouds above the fields. 

I have turned both pictures into sepia and hope you like both !

81 thoughts on “Wheat Fields

  1. Michael, your sepias are inspirational. Perhaps you can show these photos in b&w? The Van Gogh quotes are quite telling about the artist…and you. I love the fields of wheat and corn and other grains, and have shot many for my own satisfaction. You struck a chord when you revealed an artist’s subject so affectionately. Well done.

  2. These are such beautiful photos…. I like that you used sepia. Very interesting to read about Van Gogh’s perceptions of this particular landscape.

  3. Great photos! Van Gogh was a great painter. I have looked at several paintings online of the old masters, they are fabulous and tell a rich story of what life was like in those years.

  4. We can see Paddy growing this way in some parts of India.There is a sense of pristine calmness in the fields…I make it a point to always stop by a farm when I’m on a road trip….even better when there is a small stream of fresh water flowing into some of these farms. Nature heals !

  5. You have definitely succeeded in capturing a sense of calm. Sitting here surrounded by the noises of suburbia, I can find a moment of peace imagining myself in those fields.

  6. First of all Thank you for visiting my blog. I am so glad to meet with you and with your blogging world. I am impressed so much by this post, especially the connection between great artist Van Gogh hit me. But I should say this, your photograph hit me more than words… Thank you for sharing with us. Greetings and Love, from Istanbul, nia

  7. Hello Michael Lai,

    You have shared the right ingredients in the field. I think it will ready for threshing in a few days… 🙂

  8. Pingback: Wheat is not satan… but look out for those sneaky little sugar devils | Cook Up a Story

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