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The piece of art that I have selected to write about is Wheat Field and Cypress Trees by Vincent van Gogh The oil painting was created in 1889 and currently resides at The National Gallery in London I was drawn to this particular painting by the atmospheric qualities that are represented in the work The painting in my opinion has a brooding quality to it It looks as if a violent storm will erupt at any moment and ravage the landscape with the elements The painting also makes wonder what might lie beyond its borders I imagine that just off to the left there would be a sloping jagged cliff that descends into an angry sea And to the right a field that extends as far as the eye can see into a distant mountain range From the little that I know about van Goghs life like the painting it always seemed to be on the verge of a new storm This painting obviously reflected the emotions that van Gogh must have been experiencing Just as a writer must choose his or her words carefully to convey a feeling an artist must choose its subjects with skill and position them in a way that engages the viewer to take in all of the elements and at the same time have a few surprises In this painting van Gogh knew the importance of the cypress tree but did not place it dead center as that would have blocked the rest of the beautiful landscape and caused the eye to stop there He wisely used the green of the cypress as the darkest value and repeated that same color sparingly with a few linear strokes of his brush Van Gogh knew the importance of simplicity and let one cypress tree with beautiful detail be an expression of nature rather than cluttering it with a grove of such trees In using color
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