Vincent van Gogh painted Ploughed Field in 1888. With thick strokes of yellow ocher, van Gogh worked the patterns of the ploughed field onto his canvas.
Individual brush strokes are evident, creating a descriptive texture through color. In the sky, it is possible to observe every time van Gogh lifted his brush as he applied the heavy pigment. He wrote to his brother Theo demanding more tubes of paint: "I need another dozen of white zinc as soon as possible."
The thick articulation of van Gogh's brush strokes bring an expressive quality to The Old Mill. Learn how Vincent van Gogh painted The Old Mill in the next section.