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Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh

    Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh

    Flowers in a Blue Vase by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1887. The painting is in Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. The size of the work is 61,5 x 38,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Van Gogh paints at least thirty floral still lifes in the summer of 1885. The genre is ideally suited to experimenting with colour and intense colour contrasts. Flowers in a blue vase shows his progress. Light and colour are dominant in this exuberant still life. Van Gogh enhances the colour contrasts and uses a wide range of brushstrokes. The composition is simple and traditional. But the beautiful colours of the bouquet and the variety of brushstrokes attest to an increasing technical ability and self-confidence.

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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