Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wheatfield (June)

                                                                      'Wheatfield', 1888

Visiting Van Gogh, Tyson Yunkaporta gets things right, like the rest of us. (Guardian, 13 June 2017) His nature writing matches Vincent’s, even down to connections between weather, crops, and wildlife. People will always have to work the land in order to live and survive. The Europeans have been agriculturalists for millennia. But Tyson gets things wrong, like the rest of us. The seasons of Europe predate the Industrial Revolution even if, like the seasons of eastern Australia, they’re now conditioned by industrialisation. Vincent made many images of sowing. The yam is a staple, which is why Vincent painted wheatfields.

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