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Van Gogh's Peasant
By Steven M Ulmen   

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Category: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Publish America
Type: Fiction
Pages: 48
ISBN: 1413729614
Copyright: 2004

I refer to Vincent Van Gogh's nameless, faceless image simply as "Van Gogh's Peasant." Like a ghostly specter he centers Van Gogh's canvas, locked forever in the endless task of harvesting the fruit of the land. He appears to be a farmer, possibly Amish, with his large, rough hands and a back permantly stooped from years of hard labor.

This story releases the image from its canvas prison. It gives life to the man, however temporary, and allows him to end his labor. True to the sketch, the story maintains his nameless and faceless persona, allowing that void to be filled by the unique experiences of each reader.

This short story is inspired by the Van Gogh sketch, Peasant with Sickle, Seen from the Back, F1313, on display in the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Netherlands. The image on the front cover is used with their permission. "Van Gogh's Peasant" is written as an allegory.


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