The Reaper

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41606

"Vincent van Gogh's 'The Reaper' (1889) embodies his signature Post-Impressionist style with bold, emotionally-charged brushwork and vivid colors. This painting's striking depiction of a solitary figure laboring in the fields symbolizes the cycle of life and death, a theme Van Gogh revisited often. Its emotive power, along with the artist's innovative use of color and form, make 'The Reaper' a standout within Van Gogh's body of work and a significant contribution to modern art."

39 cm

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Title: Vincent van Gogh – The Reaper (1889): A Pioneering Masterpiece

Vincent van Gogh, one of the most renowned post-impressionist painters, created a remarkable piece of art titled “The Reaper” in September 1889, during his stay at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. “The Reaper” is considered a special painting due to its evocative portrayal of rural life, its unique composition, and its symbolic significance.

The painting depicts a solitary figure of a peasant reaping wheat in a sun-drenched field. Van Gogh was deeply inspired by the pastoral scenes surrounding the asylum and often painted the Provencal landscape. He had a profound admiration for the laborious life of peasants and found beauty in their toil, which is masterfully reflected in “The Reaper.”

This painting stands out from van Gogh’s earlier works, as it carries a distinctive feature – the vivid and bright colors typical of the artist’s later period. He employed a vibrant palette of yellows, blues, and greens, accentuating the heat of the summer day and the golden hue of the ripened wheat.

Furthermore, “The Reaper” is deeply symbolic. Van Gogh himself interpreted the figure of the reaper as the symbol of death, which is not to be feared but understood as a part of the natural cycle of life. This view was likely influenced by his own deteriorating mental and physical health at the time.

“Vincent van Gogh”, “The Reaper”, “1889”, “Saint-Rémy-de-Provence”, “post-impressionism”, “rural life portrayal”, “symbolism”, “vibrant palette”, and “cycle of life”.

In essence, Vincent van Gogh’s “The Reaper” is a masterpiece that beautifully integrates his admiration for the peasantry, his innovative use of color, and a profound understanding of life and death, making it a truly special piece in the annals of art history.

Original size:
92 x 72 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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