The last few decodes of the nineteenth century saw immense changes in almost all aspects of life, including the arts and music. Van Gogh's short career came as the
Impressionists were disbanding, and even more avant-garde artists were emerging. Though it was one of Van Gogh's initial wishes to 'belong' to a group
of artists, his work bridged a number of different movements, so that in just 10 years he managed to incorporate elements of the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Expressionists and
Fauves within his art. It was this period that gave birth to modern art, and mode the transition from traditional to new. Despite the innovations there was still an overriding lock of acceptance
for these artists who were paving the way for the new century of art.
Harvest, in Provence was one of many paintings that Van Gogh mode of the countryside surrounding Arles, and reflects his experiments with flat areas of colour and bold outlines. He differentiated his brushstrokes, seen here in the spiky cut cornfield contrasted against the flat area of standing corn, and was applying his paint in great thick strokes that lend the picture plane a textural quality.