Van Gogh’s Enclosed Field with Ploughman under raking light

Raking light reveals bulges and creases in a canvas, as well as the dynamism of van Gogh’s brushstrokes.

Conservators use raking light to study the condition of a canvas and paint films. Applying the technique to Van Gogh’s Enclosed Field with Ploughman (1889) reveals the animation of the brushstrokes, giving insight into the artist’s technique. Video from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cite this page as: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Van Gogh’s Enclosed Field with Ploughman under raking light," in Smarthistory, May 6, 2017, accessed June 21, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/van-goghs-enclosed-field-with-ploughman-under-raking-light/.