Wheatfield, inspired by ‘A Wheatfield, with Cypresses’, (by Vincent Van Gogh) is a new series by Peter Layton developed in collaboration with the National Gallery as part of their 2013 programme.
The vast, contorted skyline of the Van Gogh proved very difficult to closely reproduce in glass. It took hundreds of sketches on the blowing iron, inventing and combining multiple techniques, to achieve the rows of wheat as the foreground of the piece.
This was later to be attached to the larger sky element, this itself the product of innumerable variations in the effort to capture the colour, movement and vitality of the painting.
Eventually, by applying the colour to the surface, rather than casing it internally, and then etching the finished piece, visual, textural and tactile qualities were achieved that give the pieces their unique painterly feel.