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Oleanders by Vincent van Gogh

    Oleanders by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. The size of the work is 60,3 x 73,7 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    In this painting of August 1888 the flowers fill a majolica jug that the artist used for other still lifes made in Arles. They rise and spread across the breadth of the picture like the blossoming trees of his spring landscapes. Heavy, profuse, fertile, these fragrant flowers are painted with a virile touch in circling strokes and thick parallel dabs, in sharpest contrast to the spiky, entangled green leaves outlined in black – the carriers of another vitality.

    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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