Butterflies and poppies by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May-June 1889
Original: oil on canvas 25.5 x 35 cm bxh
It is easy to see how Van Gogh painted this canvas: first the flowers and the butterflies, then the blue background. The blue paint sweeps occasionally overlap the green flower stems. Van Gogh even left part of the canvas unpainted, so that the 'bare' canvas is visible.
With various shades of green he gave depth to the tangle of stems and leaves. Van Gogh was able to capture the character of the fragile poppies very well. Some of the buds are about to burst.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
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