Description of Vincent van Gogh's painting Irises

Description of Vincent van Gogh's painting Irises

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This famous painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh was created by him in 1889. “Irises” became one of the last works of the great master. A year later, Van Gogh died. At the time of work on the painting, the painter was already terminally ill. He was constantly under the supervision of doctors in a clinic for the mentally ill. This clinic was located near the picturesque place of Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Perhaps the disease so influenced the creative manner of Van Gogh, but the picture turned out to be completely different from everything that the artist has written so far. This is not the Van Gogh they knew. The canvas does not have tension, anxiety, thick colors and warm olive-mustard shades. On the contrary, there is some kind of lightness, airiness and transparent weightlessness. The painting in the manner of execution resembles Japanese engravings.

In the painting “Irises,” Van Gogh depicted a part of a field dotted with flowers. Here we see not only irises that gave a name to the masterpiece, but also other flowers. Of course, irises are central to the composition.

The artist chose an unusual angle for his painting. Flowers fill almost the entire surface of the canvas. It seems that you are squatting in the middle of the field, in the midst of flowers. But the image does not look frozen, static. The composition is arranged so that the gaze involuntarily rushes diagonally up and to the left. Present in the "Iris" and a kind of symmetry. So the spot of earth in the foreground is balanced by the orange-yellow buds in the upper left corner. White iris and pale blue hold the horizontal of the picture.

The influence of Japanese painting is noticeable, first of all, in the drawing of irises. The same clarity and subtlety of elegant lines, the same continuous shading with color of individual details. But the picture is not fully sustained in this style. Here you can also see the influence of impressionism. And the most amazing thing is that such a mixture does not violate the harmony of the image at all. It only adds to the creation of Van Gogh originality and attractive charm.

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