Painting the Harvest

Harvest, the season of the gathering of crops. The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon haerfest (“autumn”) or the Old High German herbist. Harvest has been a season of rejoicing from the remotest times. (Britannica –

Artists have captured the annual harvest period, so important and celebrated culturally and socially, especially in our earlier times. There is a golden light we all know from those lovely autumnal days that must have been and still is, enticing for painters with the many changing colours of nature. It is joyous and melancholic all at the same time. The end of summer days and the end of the growth of the crops, but also a time to reap the harvest to provide food through the coming winter and into Spring.

‘As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.’ Vincent Van Gogh

Let this gallery of paintings by famous artists accompany you to set the mood of crisp morning and afternoon walks in the golden glow of sun and leaves crunching underfoot while the crops are being harvested in fields nearby. Then read the lovely poem below by James B. Kenyon.

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