Vincent van Gogh is a representative of the post-impressionism trend in painting. During his lifetime, he was not recognized, in fact he was begging, and today his canvases are the pride of any museum and good luck for the auction house.
The second name of the picture refers to the village of Etten in Holland, where Van Gogh’s parents lived. Thus, on the canvas appears a Dutch peasant woman caring for flowers, and a cabbage field in the background. The bright color and red shadow on the umbrella are associated with the dazzling light of Provence.
The canvas is not written from nature, but from imagination. Everything in it is planar – both figures and landscape. The space unfolds not in depth, it goes parallel to the plane of the canvas by separate zones – a method that Van Gogh borrowed from Japanese artists. Within the “zone” are saturated with rapid tangible strokes, creating an internal dynamism of forms.
“Arles ladies” – a product that is ambiguous, very complex. Despite the vivid coloring of colors, the picture causes the viewer an involuntary sense of anxiety, aggravated by the sad faces of women going. The work was written during the last eight years of the artist’s life, when the world around him brought him only suffering.