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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

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, 1890 (click image to enlarge)
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City

This still life is not mentioned in Van Gogh's production.  Ostensibly, it is closest to the mixed bouquets of summer flowers that he produced in quantity in Paris (1889-90).  However, it was not until later, in Saint-Remy and Auvers (1889-90), when he painted a few still lifes which were of an entirely different character, handling and peculiarities of style.  This Bouquet seems to be a singular instance when Van Gogh applied the rigors of his mature landscape style to a still-life subject.  It is most certainly a late work, made just shortly before his death, on July 29, 1890 in Auvers.

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