Vincent Van Gogh Vase Of Irises Against A Yellow Background
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. While in the asylum at
Saint-Remy, France, Van Gogh overcame a period of crisis (ending in April 1890). After this, Van Gogh painted two still lifes for which he used as a model irises he picked up from the nearby fields. The
irises are set against a bright lemon-yellow background with other yellow tints in the vase and the base it stands on. Its effect is one of ‘enormously divergent omplementary colors that are exalted by their oppositions’, he wrote in a letter to his brother Theo.