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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Van Gogh - Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC

Roses 1890  (Click Image to Enlarge)

  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

In May, 1890, just before his departure from the asylum in Saint-Remy, Van Gogh painted an exceptional group of four still lifes, to which both the Museum's Roses and Irises Belong.  Striking in their bouquets and their counterparts - an upright composition of irises (Van gogh Museum Amsterdam) and a horizontal composition of roses (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) --were conceived as a decorative ensemble, like the suite of sunflowers he had made earlier in Arles.  Traces of pink along the tabletop and rose petals in the present painting, which have faded overtime, offer a faint reminder of the formerly vivid "canvas of pink roses against a yellow green background in a green vase."

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