Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:40094

"Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers," painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1886, is a captivating work. In this 61 x 38 cm canvas, Van Gogh's unique Post-Impressionist style is beautifully showcased, boasting vibrant colors and thick, textured brushstrokes. It's special because it captures Van Gogh's transition towards his mature style, marked by emotional expressiveness and the use of symbolic color. The balance between reality and abstraction in this painting, alongside its sensory richness, reflects the personal turmoil Van Gogh was experiencing, making it a deeply moving piece.

64 cm

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“Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers” is an oil painting by Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter known for his bold use of color, thick application of paint, and expressive brushwork. This particular work was created in 1886 during van Gogh’s time in Paris.

Paris was a transformative period for van Gogh, where he was introduced to impressionist and post-impressionist art and inspired by the bright color palettes, loose brushwork, and everyday subjects of these movements. “Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers” reflects the influences of these styles. It is vibrant and lively, with a focus on the interplay of colors and the natural form of the flowers.

The painting depicts a vase filled with various flowers, including carnations, daisies, and poppies. The arrangement is set against a pale blue background, creating a stark contrast with the warm reds, yellows, and greens of the flowers and leaves. The composition is straightforward, almost naive, which is characteristic of van Gogh’s works.

Van Gogh’s technique in this painting is characteristic of his post-impressionist style. He used thick, impassioned brushstrokes to create texture and movement within the still life, allowing the flowers and foliage to almost burst from the canvas. Each brushstroke is visible, revealing the painter’s hand and process.

What makes “Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers” special is its representation of van Gogh’s evolving style. His earlier works were darker and more somber, largely influenced by the Dutch painting tradition and his personal circumstances. But upon his arrival in Paris, his style transformed into the bold, vibrant post-impressionism he’s known for. This painting is a beautiful example of this transition period.

Moreover, van Gogh’s flower still lifes often had a deeper symbolic meaning. In the Victorian era, carnations were often associated with love, fascination, and distinction. While it’s uncertain whether van Gogh intended to express these sentiments in his work, it’s an interesting layer to consider when appreciating the painting.

Lastly, as with all of van Gogh’s works, “Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers” is special due to its connection to the artist’s tragic life story. Despite his profound talent and influence on modern art, van Gogh struggled with mental illness and was virtually unknown during his lifetime. His flower still lifes are a testament to his passion and dedication, providing an intimate glimpse into his world and perspective.

Original size:
38 x 61 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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