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Wheat Field with a Partridge

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Details
Oil on canvas
34.0 x 65.5 cm.
Paris: Summer, 1887
F 310, JH 1274

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

History
Provenance
Exhibitions

Analysis
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Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field with a Partridge is one of his most understated paintings and yet is also one of his most well loved. The lone partridge hovering over the field is visually arresting and skillfully draws the viewer to a central focal point (while at the same time allowing one to appreciate the masterful brush strokes of Van Gogh's field and sky).

For decades this painting was called Wheat Field with a Lark, but in recent years ornithological research has determined that the bird depicted here is, in fact, a partridge. This reclassification is not unprecedented in Van Gogh's oeuvre, however. Van Gogh's Great Peacock Moth was long identified as a Death's Head moth and Large Cuckoo Pint was erroneously referred to as arums.


Provenance

Owner City Country Date acquired Comments
Theo van Gogh Paris France 1890-91  
Johanna van Gogh-Bonger Amsterdam Netherlands 1891-1925  
V.W. van Gogh Laren Netherlands 1925-62  
Van Gogh Foundation Amsterdam Netherlands 1962 On loan to the Stedelijk Museum 1962-73.
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam Netherlands 1973 On permanent loan from the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.


Exhibitions

Year City Country Venue Exhibition Name Start Date End Date No.
1905 Amsterdam Netherlands Stedelijk Museum Tentoonstelling Vincent van Gogh 15 July 1905 1 August 1905 62
1923 Amsterdam Netherlands Stedelijk Museum Tentoonstelling van Nederlandsche beeldende kunsten  
 
122
1930 Amsterdam Netherlands Stedelijk Museum Vincent van Gogh en zijn tijdgenooten 6 September 1930 2 November 1930 13
1935 Amsterdam (2) Netherlands E.J. van Wisselingh & Co. Peinture Française XIXme siècle 15 July 1935 17 August 1935 16
1935-36 New York United States Museum of Modern Art Vincent van Gogh 5 November 1935 5 January 1936 18
1936 Philadelphia United States Philadelphia Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh 11 January 1936 10 February 1936 18
1936 Boston United States Museum of Fine Arts Vincent van Gogh 19 February 1936 15 March 1936 18
1936 Cleveland (1) United States Cleveland Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh 25 March 1936 19 April 1936 18
1936 San Francisco United States California Palace of the Legion of Honor Vincent van Gogh 28 April 1936 24 May 1936 18
1936 Kansas City United States William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Atkins Museum Vincent van Gogh 9 June 1936 10 July 1936 18
1936 Minneapolis United States Minneapolis Institute of Arts Vincent van Gogh 20 July 1936 17 August 1936 18
1936 Chicago United States Art Institute of Chicago Vincent van Gogh 26 August 1936 23 September 1936 18
1936 Detroit United States Detroit Institute of Arts Vincent van Gogh 6 October 1936 28 October 1936 18
1939 San Francisco United States Treasure Island, Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts Masterworks of Five Centuries 18 February 1939 29 October 1939 171
1940 New York (3) United States Holland House Exhibition of paintings by Vincent van Gogh 6 June 1940 19 July 1940 5
1943 Indianapolis United States John Herron Art Institute An exhibition of Modern Dutch Art, 14 Paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Work by Contemporary Dutch Artists 8 November 1943 12 December 1943 4
1944 Cincinnati United States Cincinnati Art Museum An Exhibition of Modern Dutch Art, 14 Paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Work by Contemporary Dutch Artists 5 January 1944 20 January 1944 4
1944 Ottawa Canada National Gallery of Canada An Exhibition of Modern Dutch Art, 14 Paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Work by Contemporary Dutch Artists 11 February 1944 27 February 1944 4
1944 Montreal Canada Art Association of Montreal Loan exhibition of Great Paintings. Five centuries of Dutch Art 9 March 1944 9 April 1944 118
1944 Fort Wayne United States Fort Wayne Art School and Museum An Exhibition of Modern Dutch Art, 14 Paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Work by Contemporary Dutch Artists 10 May 1944 29 May 1944 4
1946 Liège Belgium Musée des Beaux-Arts Vincent van Gogh 12 October 1946 3 November 1946 56
1946 Brussels Belgium Palais des Beaux-Arts Vincent van Gogh 9 November 1946 19 December 1946 56
1946-47 Mons Belgium Musée des Beaux-Arts Vincent van Gogh 27 December 1946  
56
1947 Paris (1) France Musée de l'Orangerie Vincent van Gogh 24 January 1947 15 March 1947 57
1947 Geneva Switzerland Musée Rath 172 oeuvres de Vincent van Gogh 22 March 1947 20 April 1947 58
1947-48 London United Kingdom Tate Gallery Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890 10 December 1947 14 January 1948 16
1948 Birmingham United Kingdom City Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890 24 January 1948 14 February 1948 16
1948 Glasgow Scotland Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890 21 February 1948 14 March 1948 16
1948 Bergen Norway Kunstforening Vincent van Gogh, Malerier Tegninger 23 March 1948 18 April 1948 11
1948 Oslo Norway Kunstnernes Hus Vincent van Gogh, Malerier Tegninger 24 April 1948 15 May 1948 11
1949-50 New York United States Metropolitan Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh Paintings and Drawings. A Special Loan Exhibition 21 October 1949 15 January 1950 53
1950 Chicago United States Art Institute of Chicago Vincent van Gogh Paintings and Drawings. A Special Loan Exhibition 1 February 1950 16 April 1950 53
1951 Lyons France Musée de Lyon Vincent van Gogh 5 February 1951 27 March 1951 22
1951 Arles France Musée Réattu Vincent van Gogh en Provence 5 May 1951 27 May 1951 22
1955 Antwerp (1) Belgium Feestzaal Vincent van Gogh 7 May 1955 19 June 1955 189
1955 Liverpool United Kingdom Walker Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings, Mainly from the Collection of Ir. V.W. van Gogh 29 October 1955 10 December 1955 25
1955-56 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester City Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings, Mainly from the Collection of Ir. V.W. van Gogh 17 December 1955 4 February 1956 25
1956 Newcastle-upon-Tyne United Kingdom Laing Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings, Mainly from the Collection of Ir. V.W. van Gogh 11 February 1956 24 March 1956 25
1957 Marseilles France Musée Cantini Vincent van Gogh 12 March 1957 28 April 1957 32
1958 San Francisco United States M.H. de Young Memorial Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 6 October 1958 30 November 1958 34
1958-59 Los Angeles United States Los Angeles County Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 10 December 1958 18 January 1959 34
1959 Portland United States Portland Art Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 28 January 1959 1 March 1959 34
1959 Seattle United States Seattle Art Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 7 March 1959 19 April 1959 34
1959-60 Utrecht Netherlands Centraal Museum Vincent van Gogh schilderijen en tekeningen verzameling Ir. V.W. van Gogh 18 December 1959 1 February 1960 23
1961 Baltimore United States Baltimore Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 18 October 1961 26 November 1961 23
1961-62 Cleveland United States Cleveland Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 5 December 1961 14 January 1962 23
1962 Buffalo United States Albright Art Gallery Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 30 January 1962 11 March 1962 23
1962 Boston United States Museum of Fine Arts Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 22 March 1962 29 April 1962 23
1963 Sheffield United Kingdom Graves Art Gallery An Exhibition of the Works of Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings Lent by Mr. V.W. van Gogh Through the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 21 April 1963 19 May 1963 5
1963 Humlebaek Denmark Louisiana Vincent van Gogh. Malerier og Tegninger 24 October 1963 15 December 1963 18
1964 Washington, D.C. United States Washington Gallery of Modern Art Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 2 February 1964 19 March 1964 18
1964 New York (4) United States Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings 2 April 1964 28 June 1964 18
1965 Stockholm Sweden Moderna Museet Vincent van Gogh. Mälningar, Akvareller, Teckningar 23 October 1965 19 December 1965 21
1965-66 Gothenburg Sweden Göteborgs Konstmuseum Vincent van Gogh. Mälningar, Akvareller, Teckningar 30 December 1965 20 February 1966 21
1967 Wolfsburg Germany Stadhalle Wolfsburg Vincent van Gogh. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen 18 February 1967 2 April 1967 30
1968-69 London United Kingdom Hayward Gallery Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation Amsterdam 23 October 1968 12 January 1969 83
1970 Baltimore United States Baltimore Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 11 October 1970 29 November 1970 18
1970-71 San Francisco United States M.H. de Young Memorial Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 11 December 1970 31 January 1971 18
1971 Brooklyn United States Brooklyn Museum Vincent van Gogh. Paintings and Drawings 14 February 1971 4 April 1971 18
1977-78 The Hague Netherlands Pulchri Studio De Haagse kunstkring. Werk verzameld 1891-1958 26 November 1977 8 January 1978  
1988 Paris (1) France Musée d'Orsay Van Gogh à Paris 2 February 1988 15 May 1988  
1998-99 Amsterdam Netherlands Rijksmuseum Van Gogh te Gast in het Rijksmuseum. Meesterwerken van het Van Gogh Museum 19 September 1998 2 May 1999  
2001 Norfolk United States Chrysler Museum Vincent van Gogh in Paris: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum 13 April 2001 15 July 2001  
2008 Amsterdam (2) Netherlands Rijksmuseum Schiphol Vincent van Gogh: de natuur van dichtbij / Vincent van Gogh: Nature Close-up 9 April 2008 7 July 2008 ---
2009 Basel Switzerland Kunstmuseum Basel Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes 26 April 2009 27 September 2009  
2010 Tokyo Japan National Art Centre Van Gogh: The Adventure of Becoming an Artist 1 October 2010 20 December 2010 66
2010-11 Dazaifu Japan Kyushu National Museum Van Gogh: The Adventure of Becoming an Artist 28 December 2010 13 February 2011 66
2011 Nagoya Japan Nagoya City Art Museum Van Gogh: The Adventure of Becoming an Artist 22 February 2011 10 April 2011 66


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