Vision after the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling the Angel)
oil on canvas (73 × 92 cm)
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Cf. Genesis 32:24
Paul Gauguin: Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers 1888.
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.”
The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh