Imagination and Emotions in Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) was a dutch painter of the nineteenth century who vividly embodied the style and principles of the post-impressionistic movement. This masterpiece, "Wheatfield with Crows", is one of the most famous and latest works attributed to Vincent Van Gogh and it is often associated with his suicide, which occurred a few weeks after its ultimation. Throughout his last months alive, Van Gogh often represented the wheat fields of Auvers-sur-Oise under varied weather conditions. The emotions these fields aroused in his heart are best represented through one of his famous quotes:
“They are endless wheatfields under a cloudy sky, and I have not hesitated to attempt to express sadness and the deepest loneliness”
Of course the most striking features of this piece are the black crows, which, among Van Gogh's paintings, are commonly considered a symbol of death. Nonetheless, in his epistulae he often refers to birds as a symbol of freedom ("please give me the freedom to be a bird like other birds!", he wrote in 1880). Underpinning this statement is the fact that in this landscape none of the pathways appear to be leading to an exit from the fields, almost as if he were assuming that only the crows can escape them by rising and taking flight above them.
(vangoghmuseum.nl and theartwolf.com)