Vincent van Gogh painted a number of flower still lifes during his last weeks at the psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. For him, the painting was a study in colour and contrast. He did so by placing the purple-blue flowers against a yellow background. Van Gogh spoke of 'an effect of terribly disparate complementaries that reinforce each other by their opposition'.


  • Title: Irises
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Creator Lifespan: 30 March 1853 - 29 July 1890
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Creator Birth Place: Zundert
  • Date Created: May 1890 - 1890
  • Location Created: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Irises

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