This premium coffee mug was created by SBMA in honor of the exhibition Through Vincent's Eyes on view February 27th, 2022 through May 22nd, 2022.
Early in his artistic development, Van Gogh was influenced by Jean-Francois Millet and all things agrarian—peasant life and the cycles of nature. After spending two years amidst the pressures of the Parisian art world, Van Gogh’s move to Arles in the south of France gave him the opportunity to be closer to nature and the spiritual. He felt a great affinity to the peasant and saw himself as a field worker, too: “I have now spent a week working hard in the wheat fields, under the blazing sun,” he wrote to his brother, Theo. He even described his painting technique as working “quickly, quickly, quickly” as the harvesters in the fields do. Wheat Field exhibits that emotional intensity in the dynamic use of color, line, brush stroke, and composition. The color is vibrant. The straight, horizontal lines create clear divisions. The brush stroke is heavy. The clouds are dynamically decorative. None of these elements are naturalistic but are expressive.
Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch 1853-1890) Wheat Field, 1888
Oil on canvas, 21 3/4 × 26 1/14 in.
Honolulu Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke and Family in memory of Richard A. Cooke, 1946 (377.1)