Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848 - 1884), Damvillers, 1880
oil on canvas,
81.3 cm x 105.4 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij)
This painting is all about movement. The woman turns towards the men in the vineyard as if they are calling to each other. Your gaze automatically follows hers: behind the hill, a storm is looming.
Jules Bastien-Lepage began painting rural subjects in 1876. He had grown up in a farming village and his paintings showed the hard but honest life of country people. This made him an important model for Van Gogh.