The Wheat Field (Champs de Ble)
The Wheat Field (Champs de Ble), ca. 1906
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 × 32 3/16 in. (64.77 × 81.76 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1953.12
Photo credit: Efraim Lev-er
©2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
One of a group of artists called the Fauves, or “wild beasts,” Vlaminck was greatly influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh and admired his use of thick paint applied in swirling, expressive strokes. Like Van Gogh, Vlaminck was drawn to the image of wheat fields and painted them throughout his career. In this scene, the artist used bright, clashing color applied with spontaneous brushstrokes to caption the movement of the wind-blown stalks.
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