Peasants & Potatoes

The Potatoes Eaters Artist Vincent van Gogh, 1885, Oil on canvas, Dimensions 82 cm × 114 cm (32.3 in × 44.9 in),Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

“You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and — that they have thus honestly earned their food. I wanted it to give the idea of a wholly different way of life from ours — civilized people. So I certainly don’t want everyone just to admire it or approve of it without knowing why.” Vincent Van Gogh, Letter to his brother Theo

Dear Van Gogh, the peasants are still eating the potatoes like u visualized it in 1885 except now the potatoes are branded and nicely packed, the coffee are no longer brewed because there is “instant” water that they produce massively in bottles and tin cans(p/s: “they” said you look cool if u consume it compare to home fresh brewed coffee) oh the lights are much brighter compare to those days, except that you have to earn more to have light… unfortunately, with all this changes and development, sorry to inform you that the “peasants” are still…peasants, whether in your country or mine.

after….potatoes eaters, artist: Ili Farhana, Acrylic on canvas, 2006. private collection

Well irony isn’t it…do we really care about the peasants ? or they just another subject matter …


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