Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh - Volume 2 (Prestige Collection)

December 3, 2020
Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh - Volume 2 (Prestige Collection)

This paradox - the sadness and health of the country - reflectsvan Gogh’s own situation: nature always was a kind of home for him- a home that he could never share with anyone else. In Saint-Rémy,van Gogh had worked on a picture named The Reaper: “For I see inthis reaper […] the image of death, in the sense that humanitymight be the wheat he is reaping. So he is — if you like — theantithesis of that sower I tried to do before. But there’s nothingsad in this death, it goes its way in broad daylight with the sunflooding everything with a light of pure gold.” […]A few weeks before his suicide van Gogh had written to Theo: “Evenif I have not succeeded, all the same I think that what I haveworked at will be carried on. Not directly, but one isn’t alone inbelieving in things that are true. And what does it matterpersonally then? I feel so strongly that it is the same with peopleas it is with wheat, if you are not sown in the earth to germinatethere, what does it matter? In the end you are ground between themillstones to become bread. The difference between happiness andunhappiness! Both are necessary and useful, as well as death ordisappearance… it is so relative - and life is the same.”