The painting “Fields of Tulips” was created by Vincent Van Gogh in 1883. Work on the painting was begun after a visit by the painter to classes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels.
Even then, the eminent artist showed the first signs of insanity, he often suffered from depression and could not prove to himself the justice of his existence.
The soft, classical style of writing the pictures taught by the teachers from the Academy soothed the artist’s frustrated mindset, making the world more meaningful and real, and the pictures written by him more vivid and bright.
The first thing that the viewer sees when looking at the picture is the endless fields of multi-colored tulips. In the rays of the setting sun, the already amazing flowers look just gorgeous.
In the distance, towards the end of tulip splendor, the artist placed a man. He walks between the rows and checks whether all the flowers are in place, whether they look good, whether they need watering. Such detours were not uncommon in these parts, where tulips are not just a beautiful garden decoration, but a profitable business. The appearance of a person in the picture looks quite natural.
When writing a picture, Van Gogh used contrasting colors and shades, playing not only with lighting, but also with his surroundings, so that the viewers’ attention is fully concentrated on tulips, leaving other objects present in the picture without proper attention.
In addition, there is a clear division of the picture into two zones. The lower zone is occupied by tulips, and the upper – by some poorly lit houses, trees and the sky covered with small clouds.
Despite the fact that tulips are assigned the main place in the picture, the absence of the remaining details presented would have made the canvas not complete. The ability to notice the details and make them visible to the viewer is all a manifestation of the artist’s incredible talent, embodied in one picture.