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In 1890 just a few days before taking his own life Vincent van Gogh painted Wheat Field With Cypresses a wonderfully abstract landscape van Gogh apparently felt would be the appropriate exit from his haunted existence In the Metropolitan Museum of Art this piece can be found between Women Picking Olives and Olive Orchard both of which display van Goghs love of nature Wheat Field With Cypresses is a grand landscape painted very abstractly much like a daytime version of Starry Night The beauty shown within the clouds trees and wheat all simultaneously blowing in the wind draws the viewer in In van Goghs sky he uses a broad mixture of blues swirling among the heavenly clouds His trees and grass use a varity of shades of green as well while the wheat field itself contrasts this as a rich golden-brown Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter whose work represents the archetype of expressionism as well as the idea of emotional spontaneity in painting Van Gogh was born March 30 1853 in Groot-Zundert son of a Dutch Protestant pastor His mother Anna Cornelia Carbentus who liked to sketch and paint wildflowers in her spare time as a hobby was born into a family of art dealers This combination of influences of art and religion had a profound impact on the masterpieces van Gogh would create as well as the passion he put into them Early in life he displayed a moody restless temperament that was to thwart his every pursuit With a passion for life great as a young man ever had he failed miserably in love friendship career and in the three relationships to which he was most devoted his minister father his church and his god He suffered from an illness characterized by numerous attacks of depression as well as his bouts with epilepsy that would forever haunt him
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