The above picture is a field painted by Van Gogh in July 1870, when summer was at its peak. Art critics say this is one of his most likely last works. Compared to the miserable and lonely circumstances of Van Gogh's last days, it feels very bright, like the face of a depressed patient wearing a mask.
Auvers-sur-oise in southern France, the fields of splendid summer, must have been full of heat in a word. When he stayed here, he was in a psychiatric hospital.
Perhaps it was a little bit of freedom he had briefly tasted before being imprisoned in a mental institution for a long time.
In the midst of the sweltering heat of summer, artists like to paint pictures of the sea and the beach that will cool people's hearts.
In fact, Van Gogh also once painted a sea with cool waves like the picture below.
This painting was painted in a small seaside village in southern France, where Van Gogh went to recover from alcoholism. It is said that sand was actually found on the canvas.
Personally, I like summer as it contains the agony and despair of Van Gogh's life, but I also like Monet's sparkling summer paintings.
Impressionist painters who tried to describe nature in the changing color movement with light and to record the visible world accurately and objectively using the instantaneous effect of color or hue rejected the past style of expression and depended on the senses. It is well known as a school that pursued a new painting style.
In particular, since summer is a time when intense sunlight illuminates everything, Impressionist painters went out in the summer to set up easels and try to capture nature as it is innumerable twinkling lights.
Among them, Claude Monet (1840–1926), representative painters of the Impressionism, captured the common people enjoying midsummer in nature to escape the heat in their canvases. He was also famous as a painter who took the lead in changing art, which was accustomed to the culture of the upper class, into a culture that the public can participate in and enjoy.
What the two painters have in common is that they feel a cool breeze from the canvas they painted in the hot summer.
Myungja Anna Koh