1947- song for Groninger Museum exhibition

On first look, this painting had an unusually calming effect on me. The more I looked at it – the standing wheat, the encroaching green grass on the left, the rays of light or rain in the background – the more I heard a story come through the painting. The year ‘47 placed clearly in the bottom right corner kept tugging at my writing and focusing my thoughts on the element of time and urgency in the painting. The work in the field is done, but something about the growing grass on the side and the rays of light/rain at the back leave a sense of urgency and fear that I could not shake. So we end up with a song from the perspective of the field with all its fears and hopes for the future.



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