Women Crossing the Fields

Maker and role
Artist: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853-1890
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Oil on paper
sheet, 11 15/16 x 23 1/2in (30.3 x 59.7cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Vincent van Gogh enjoyed wandering the countryside and frequently painted these pastoral scenes. Produced in the last year of the artist’s life, this vibrant painting demonstrates all of Van Gogh’s mark-making skill.

Repeated lines, dots, and dashes of color evoke movement and suggest depth; hats, hands, and bell-shaped dresses appear to sway back and forth as the figures move along the path. Cool blues push the sky back, shades of green occupy the middle ground, and the figures come to the foreground with bright white and dots of orange. The cardboard on which this is painted adds background tones, simultaneously representing clouds, house, and path.

Van Gogh has captured the essence of nature as he sees and feels it.
The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings; Jacob-Baart de la Faille; 1970; 819, 06
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 50
Vincent van Gogh Drawings: Vol. 4, Pt. 2: Arles, Saint-Rémy & Auvers-Sur-Oise, 1888-1890; Marije Vellekoop (b.1969); 2007; Vol. 4, pt. 2; fig. 475d
Vincent van Gogh: Timeless Country - Modern City; Cornelia Homburg; 2010; p. 195, 269; no. 90
Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh; 2018; p. 31-32; no. 34
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Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Drawings and Watercolors\1950.49 Van Gogh\VVG Drawings Vol 4 - Pt 2 2007.pdf
V:\Object Documentation\Drawings and Watercolors\1950.49 Van Gogh\VG Timeless Country 2010.pdf
\\Mcnartnas01\vernon\Object Documentation\Drawings and Watercolors\1950.49 Van Gogh\Japanese Prints Van Gogh Museum.pdf


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