By Christine Snyder

Now that fall is in full swing, we’ve decided that October is going to be Harvest Month here at the Artist Spotlight!  Our first featured artist of the month is Vincent Van Gogh.  Most people are familiar with Van Gogh’s popular paintings, so we’ll be featuring some lesser known masterpieces that focus on farms, fall, and harvests.  He was inspired by the beautiful countryside around him and loved to study and explore how the paint colors could capture the light and movement of his subjects. 

Van Gogh was one of the most important artists of the Impressionist Movement, which is considered to be one of the most important movements in modern art.  Impressionism was a departure from realism, and was intended to create an “impression” of the appearance of the view or object being painted.  Brushstrokes were visible and were often used to represent shapes, glimmers of light, or movement.  

To me, the images below feel like the transition from summer to fall, with the vibrant blues melting into warm, muted tones.  It can be bittersweet to say bye to summer while also welcoming in the majestic feelings of fall.  I hope you enjoy these lesser known paintings by Van Gogh and that they get you excited for crisp air, crunchy leaves, and hayrides! 






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