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Vincent van Gogh Paintings from Arles


Oleanders by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Oleanders is an oil on canvas (23-3/4x29 inches) that is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Vincent van Gogh's Oleanders is an oil on canvas (23-3/4x29 inches) that is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

For Vincent van Gogh, flowers and books were always objects of significance. This holds true for the objects in this still life, Oleanders, which he painted in 1888.

These books have the characteristic yellow jackets of contemporary Naturalist novels -- one is Émile Zola's La joie de vivre. But color is van Gogh's supreme concern in this still life, as seen in the strong contrasts of the thickly painted pink petals, which cast lilac shadows on the table, and the heavily worked background in pure bright green.

Observe the individual brush strokes and heavy pigment of Ploughed Field, the painting in the next section.

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