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Vase of Irises Strauss

by Vincent van Gogh

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Vase of Irises Strauss - Description

Vincent van Gogh loved to paint bouquets of flowers, as they allowed him to experiment with dramatic contrasts and shifts in color. Vincent van Gogh crated this painting as part of a series of paintings about irises, made during his stay at an asylum at Saint Remy. During this period, Vincent van Gogh painted mainly landscapes, so this was a departure. Vincent van Gogh was proud of this series, writing to his brother: " I am doing … two canvases representing big bunches of violet irises, one lot against a pink background in which the effect is soft and harmonious because of the combination of greens, pinks, violets. On the other hand, the other violet bunch (ranging from carmine to pure Prussian blue) stands out against a startling citron background, with other yellow tones in the vase and the stand on which it rests, so it is an effect of tremendously disparate complementaries, which strengthen each other by their juxtaposition." (Source: In this painting, Vase of Irises, Strauss 1890, the cream of the background is echoed in the center of the flowers. The green in the leaves reappears on the tabletop. The burgundy in the petals of the top right of the canvas is used sparingly, to dramatic effect. This painting, Vase of Irises, Strauss 1890 is one of the more soothing, relaxing of van Gogh's works. However, the composition is still quite strong, the color choices bold, and the effect is beautiful.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Vase of Irises Strauss

Original Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Subject: Florals
Style: Post-Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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