By Vincent van Gogh SKU:40513

Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" is a masterpiece that embodies his distinctive post-impressionist style. Painted in 1889 during his stay at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, this iconic artwork measures 71 x 93 centimeters. Its vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and expressive depiction of irises showcase Van Gogh's emotional intensity and his ability to capture the essence of nature. "Irises" is special not only for its artistic brilliance but also because it was created during a period when Van Gogh was grappling with mental health challenges, making it a poignant reflection of his inner struggles and creative genius.

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“Irises, Saint-Rémy” is one of the most well-known paintings by the celebrated Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. It was created in 1889, during the last year of his life, when he was voluntarily admitted to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.

The painting captures a scene from the hospital’s garden, which was a subject of Van Gogh’s focus during his time there. It shows a beautiful and vibrant depiction of irises blooming. This work is characteristic of Van Gogh’s unique style, featuring thick, emphatic brush strokes that bring a sense of movement and life to the scene. He also used his distinctive color palette with dominant blues, greens, and yellows.

As part of the Post-Impressionist movement, Van Gogh emphasized subjective emotions and symbolic content more than the realistic depiction of the natural world. In “Irises, Saint-Rémy,” the vivid and contrasting colors are not just for mimicking the natural appearance of the scene, but they are meant to express Van Gogh’s emotional response to it.

“Irises, Saint-Rémy” is considered special for many reasons. It was one of the first paintings Van Gogh started after arriving at the asylum. Despite the fact that he was battling severe mental illness, Van Gogh’s prolific output did not wane. This painting, created during such a tumultuous time in his life, symbolizes the enduring strength of his artistic spirit.

Additionally, “Irises, Saint-Rémy” is one of the few paintings that Van Gogh sold during his lifetime, even though he struggled with poverty and lack of recognition. The painting eventually fetched one of the highest prices ever paid for an artwork at auction, reinforcing its importance and appreciation in the art world.

Moreover, the painting is highly appreciated for its symbolism. The solitary white iris among the blue irises has been interpreted as a symbol of Van Gogh’s own sense of isolation and loneliness amidst the crowd. This adds a depth of emotional intensity and personal resonance to the painting, making it a significant piece in the Van Gogh canon.

“Irises, Saint-Rémy” is a testament to Van Gogh’s ability to transform his profound suffering and personal turmoil into sublime beauty, making it not just an aesthetically pleasing artwork, but also a profound psychological study.

Original size:
93 x 71 cm (width x height)
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