The Sower by Vincent van Gogh
In Vincent van Gogh's 1888 work The Sower, the bright color contrasts and the articulation of the tree trunk mark Vincent's return to the spirit of the Japanese print. The vast, burning sun, painted with concentric impasto strokes, hovers above the head of the sower whose simple yet essential gesture -- casting the seed with his outstretched hand -- embodies the parallel Vincent van Gogh saw between artistic and agricultural endeavor. The germination of ideas seemed as natural and necessary to Vincent as the cultivation of the land.
Keep reading to see one of the most well-known portraits that Vincent van Gogh painted during his time in Arles, France.