Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | September 2, 2014

Tuesday Art Blogging

Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds - VGM F778

Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds, 1890.

Van Gogh painted this landscape (one of his last) in the summer of 1890, when he was living in Auvers-sur-Oise in northern France. (He painted The Church at Auvers at about the same time. That painting, of course, featured prominently in a 2010 episode of Doctor Who.)

This may seem like a tenuous connection, but it struck me recently that the fields of northern France probably looked much the same as this 24 years later when the German army was marching towards the Marne.

(All the same, I should note that, to my knowledge, von Kluck’s right wing never passed through Auvers-sur-Oise — which was not a significant military objective at any rate.)

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