wrote on Jan 5, 2002:
Look at the colors in the picture... the hills, the ground, and
even the cabbage are vibrant in their hues. I think Munch's goal
in this painting was to express the energy needed to farm, or
in more general terms, just to work. The bright colors help the
background to be dynamic, so one is taken in by the excitement
of the surroundings, not just by the man in the field. The farmer
man is a key figure in expressing how much the energy it takes
to work the field; just look at his face.
Munch. John Boulton Smith.
Man in Cabbage Field, 1916
Oil on canvas
136 x 181 cm