I love the story behind this picture along with its beautiful detailed paints. Van Gogh used this painting as a "suicide note" before he killed himself. He used his most talented hobby to leave behind for people to put the pieces together and find his meaning in the painting. When you are in a field and a loud noise goes off, everything around that particular surrounding gets scared and runs, flies, or jumps away. This is what this picture is describing to us. Vincent killed himself in a high grassed field with a gun shot to the head; the birds flying over the grass is symbolizing that the animals were scared after the gun was shot and took flight. Although, this is a very sad story, he left a mark on the hearts of all those who admire his work.