Windmills were Inspirational to Van Gogh

Vincent loved to paint the world around him. Wherever he lived or traveled, he painted what he saw. Local people thought of him as a strange man, and had no idea he was a great artist. Viewing windmills on his travels were an inspiration that he wanted to capture.

Set of two paintings (diptych), each is 24″ by 18″ acrylic
oakwood panel and frame
#17-029 / #17-030
On display at Volusia County residence


A few years ago I drove through central Illinois and Indiana and observed the massive, skyscraper-ish windmills churning away in the fields. They stretch on into the distance like gigantic dominoes. They seem silent but I’ve heard people say the whooshing is annoying and it disrupts wildlife and livestock; as well as killing many birds that fly into them. I like the idea of clean energy, but I’m glad I don’t live on a farm or ranch near one.

The windmills Vincent painted were equivalent to a 2 or 3 story building. Todays modern behemoths are closer to a 10 or 12 story skyscraper. If we brought people from Van Gogh’s day into the future to see these structures, they would be smitten in fear.

Today the windmill rests atop a Paris cafe.

“The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.” (Eccl. 1)


Le Moulin de la Galette is the title of several paintings made by Vincent van Gogh in 1886 of a windmill, the Moulin de la Galette, which was near Van Gogh and his brother Theo’s apartment in Montmartre. The owners of the windmill maximized the view on the butte overlooking Paris, creating a terrace for viewing and a dance hall for entertainment.

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