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A white path and gray stone wall wind through ochre and harvest-yellow fields beneath a brilliant, turquoise sky in this stylized, horizontal landscape painting. The scene is created with long, visible brushstrokes of vivid color. Closest to us, the field is painted with vertical strokes of golden yellow and pea green. Touches of cardinal red and slashes of pine green create flowers around the end of the stone wall, which curves toward us from the background, at the center of this painting. The wall is painted with horizontal dashes of lilac and lavender purple, salmon pink, and periwinkle blue. A person wearing peach-colored trousers, a peacock-blue shirt, and a dark hat walks away from us, into the field, to our left of the wall. The white road enters the scene from the right, and meets the stone wall and a second wall on the far side of the road at a gate. Two columns rise from the walls to mark the spot of the gate, which opens into a property with three tall haystacks and a house. To our left, the house is painted with areas of warm yellow for the walls, honey brown for the roof, which is outlined in navy blue, and turquoise for the doors and windows. A few green trees, made of dots of bottle and forest green, are scattered near the house and haystacks. One sapphire-blue tree grows near the house. A band of azure blue along the horizon, which comes about two-thirds of the way up the painting, suggests a mountain range in the distance. Swirls of white suggest clouds in the turquoise sky. The paint is visibly textured throughout.

Vincent van Gogh, Farmhouse in Provence, 1888, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.34

Nature Journaling: Poetic Panoramas

Virtual Studio

Virtual Studio

  • Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Led by Museum Educator Chris Rusinko

Writing and drawing are powerful tools that can beautifully illustrate connections between ourselves and the landscapes around us. Join us as we explore these ideas together. 

You will need a pencil, an eraser, five sheets of paper or a journal, and watercolor pencils. You are welcome to use any other coloring medium, such as colored pencils, markers, or pastels.

Questions? Send a message to [email protected]