VASE WITH GLADIOLI AND CHINESE ASTERS BY VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, August-September 1886
Original: oil on canvas 38,4 x 46,5 cm bxh
This is one of no fewer than 35 flower still lifes that Van Gogh painted in Paris in the summer of 1886. He hoped paintings of this subject would sell well. It also trained him in the use of colour and a loose style of painting.
In this still life he worked with strong colour contrasts in complementary colours: he juxtaposed green and red, and blue and orange. These kinds of colour pairs are at the basis of the colour theory of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863). Van Gogh was a great admirer of this French artist.
Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
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