BOTTLE WITH PEONIES AND BLUE DELPHINIUM BY VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, June-July 1886
Original: oil on cardboard 27.0 x 34.5 cm bxh
Van Gogh painted this still life of flowers with quick, loose brushstrokes on simple painter's cardboard. It is one of the many studies in which he tried out the effect of certain colours on each other. His brother Theo wrote to their mother: 'He paints mainly flowers, mainly with the aim of making his subsequent paintings fresher in colour'.
Van Gogh received flowers every week from acquaintances, according to Theo. This was one of the first bouquets he handled, and many would follow.
Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
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