Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vincent's Flowers

A Vase of Roses, 1890
Irises, 1889
Still Life with Irises, 1890
Sunflowers, 1888
Vase with Irises, 1890
Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887
Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers, 1886
Vase with Red Poppies, 1886
Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums, 1886
1. A Vase of Roses, 1890
2. Irises, 1889
3. Still Life with Irises, 1890
4. Sunflowers, 1888
5. Vase with Irises, 1890
6. Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887
7. Vase with Carnations and Other Flowers, 1886
8. Vase with Red Poppies, 1886
9. Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums, 1886

It seems that spring happened while I was in bed with the flu. It was amazing to go outside without a jacket in the last few days and see buds on the trees and little yellow jonquils popping up - especially after eight days in bed!

These are some of my favorite flower paintings by Vincent van Gogh. They're so alive and full of movement. Did you know that the background in the fifth painting, Vase with Irises, used to be pink? Over the years it faded to white. One detail I love: the big red underlined "Vincent" in the last painting - Vase with Zinnias and Geraniums.

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  1. I always like these posts where you share art. I really like Van Gogh's work, but have never taken the time to really get to know any of it, so seeing so many all together here was rather breathtaking!

    1. Thank you, Kristian, I feel the same way. And when I go back and look at them, I always see things I've never noticed before.

  2. Now I feel so lame for not having gone to the Van Gogh museum when I was in Amsterdam! It was just a short walk from our hotel, but every day we tried to go and there was an insane line out the door. I love his art. So much feeling, so much love.