Folder and note card:
Irises, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) Groot Zundert, Netherlands
If Impressionism taught Van Gogh to use colors less self-consciously, then Japanese prints prompted him to increase the intensity of his colors, to consciously exaggerate them. This popular and dynamic composition and its heightened violet-blue accentuate the sweep and vitality of the irises.
Van Gogh was a seeker, equally inspired by the Old Masters, the contemporary avant-garde, and the great woodcut artists of the Far East, such as Hiroshige, a number of whose works he owned. His fascination with Japanese art and his interest in decorative patterns are reflected in many of his works, especially his famous irises.
Note pad, note card and sticky notes:
Still Life: Vase with Irises, 1890, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Netherlands
Van Gogh arrived in Saint-Rémy, a little Provençal town surrounded by a charming Mediterranean landscape, in May 1890. He discovered lovely irises in full bloom. In addition to the image of an abundant bed of irises on the folder, he also captured irises in two wonderful still lifes, comparable in concept to sunflowers he painted in Arles.