IRISES IN YELLOW VASE BY VINCENT VAN GOGH
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890
Original: oil on canvas 73,9 x 92,7 cm bxh
Van Gogh painted this still life in the asylum in Saint-Rémy. The painting was first and foremost a colour study for him. He was looking for a powerful contrast of colours. By placing the purple flowers against a yellow background, the decorative shapes stood out even more. Originally the irises were purple. Due to the fading of a red pigment the flowers have since turned blue. Van Gogh painted the bouquet twice. In the other still life, however, he strove for a contrast of purple and pink against green.
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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