Vincent Van Gogh painted The Sower 2 in 1888. This work is very symbolic and represents the circle of life. He also paints The Sower with this same theme, both portraying a man scattering seeds into the ground — a view on rebirth in life and art. Van Gogh was inspired by Realist artists like Jean-FranÃ§ois Millet, who painted rural scenes as a comment on their contemporary society. There are over thirty paintings and drawings featuring the sower theme.
Van Gogh often painted wheat fields as a reflection of his religious past — linking these paintings to the realization of humanity, the great strength of nature and rebirth. This particular painting was done towards the end of his life. The Post-Impressionist painted en plein air, meaning he worked outside to capture the natural light in his paintings.
One of his great inspirations was the Pointillist movement, with artists like Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Although he did not work with the main technical characteristics of the movement — painting in small dots to create an image — he used their complementary color scheme. He worked along with Paul Gauguin during this period, a Post-Impressionist artist who encouraged Van Gogh to work more from his imagination.
The artist paints two artworks with the same subject and the same title. The Sower 2 differs mainly in composition and darkness from The Sower. In this painting, he chooses to put the man spreading seeds and a tree in the forefront. Since the big, yellow sun in the background is touching the horizon, the two figures are almost blacked out, since they are against the light. He lightens some areas slightly, so not to lose all detail, like the man's hands and face, as well the leaves on the tree.
The ground is painted in a way that gives the viewer a sense of perspective, and a diagonal line cuts it almost in half. The ground portrays shades of brown, orange and green. The ground on the right is mostly blue, making it ambiguous if it is a river or a field. There is a faraway town on the far-right side of the horizon, and the sky is portrayed in surreal yellow-green tonalities. The painting was executed rapidly, with swift brush strokes and thick layers of paint.
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