Vincent van Gogh returned to his earlier panoramic approach to depict the first harvest of the year in The Harvest, which he painted in 1888.
Van Gogh's deliberate approach to spatial organization -- the crops in the foreground, the fields above, and the mountains on the high horizon -- reveals his desire to attain some of the epic grandeur Paul Cézanne achieved with similar subjects. He worked with intense focus, writing to Emile Bernard that he had seven studies in progress and felt like one of the harvesters working under the blazing sun.
Vincent van Gogh's Sprig of Flowering Almond Blossom in a Glass was inspired by van Gogh's fascination with the budding plants of early spring. Continue to the next section to learn about this painting.