Women Crossing the Fields

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Vincent Van Gogh

Women Crossing the Fields, 1890

Oil on Paper

Collection of the McNay Art Museum, bequest of Marion Koogler McNay.


Completed in the last year of his life, Women Crossing the Fields shows van Gogh's continued interests in color and agriculture.The straight rows of the potato fields give way to his characteristic turbulent lines. Two women, one in white and the other in an orange-dotted blue dress, walk across the fields with a house and blue hills visible in the background. The idyllic scene echoes the artist's words to his brother, Theo, in June 1873: "Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more."