Art Friday: Farming
Artists, past and present, have had a habit of making farming look romantic and very beautiful. As a farmers daughter I know that farming is both back breaking and heartbreaking and to earn an income to support one's family requires years of hard work. I loved growing up on a farm - but then again, I didn't have to do the heavy work (sorry brothers!) so to me it was idyllic and beautiful.
Please enjoy this collection of art that reminds us of the importance's of farming - they do grow the food we eat.
|Robert Duncan (above and below)|
|Robert C Flowers|
|Rounding up the sheep on a hot summers day in Australia by Tom Roberts|
|Tom Roberts - Roberts had a way of capturing farm life so beautifully.|
|Iain Stewart (Scotland)|
|It would be wrong to not include one of Monet's hay stack paintings|
|Chickens always make a farm!|
|Whilst a photo - I just love the light flooding in.|
|Marius Van Dokkum - farmers do love to stop and have a chat!|
|Women often worked besides their husbands on the farm plus ran the household and care for the children. Life for women in farming communities was hard work and certainly not romantic.|
|Women picking peas by Camille Pissarro|
|Photography by Dorothea Lang - this is what farming can look like when things go very wrong. Taken during the depression in the USA when many many farmers and their families had no choice but to walk off their land. Life can be very cruel.|
|After a hard day - now its time to relax. Painting by Doug Knutson|