Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Irises, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1890
 

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890) was still in the asylum at Saint-Rémy when he painted this incredible vase of cut irises in May 1890, the year that he died. His mother kept this painting until she died in 1907. This oil on canvas work measures 29 x 36 1/4 inches (73.7 x 92.1 cm), and it is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue, New York City, in Gallery 825. I had the opportunity to study this extraordinary painting in July 2017, and I took these photographs in the gallery. Up close, you see the distress and determination in his heavy and haphazard brush strokes. Standing back a bit, you see the genius.

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