Corn Fields and Poppies by Vincent van Gogh
By June of 1888, van Gogh had attained the full assimilation of his sources. As seen in this lyrical composition of wheat waving above a flowering field, he had mastered the Impressionist approach of painting quickly to achieve the sensation of immediacy. His variable touch, from dabs to descriptive strokes, transcended the Neo-Impressionist example in its expressive power.
The subject of van Gogh's La Mousmé, Sitting was inspired by a novel, Pierre Loti's Madame Chrysantheme. Learn more about this painting in the next section.