Vincent van Gogh's 1890 work titled Irises was part of a group of paintings of bouquets van Gogh finished in his last few weeks in the Saint-Rémy asylum. Van Gogh looked forward to moving to Auvers-sur-Oise, and the return to his favorite subject of flowers in Irises suggests his cautious optimism. The bouquet of blue irises, shadowed in violet in an ocher vase against a yellow background, reveals his continuing pursuit of what he called "the color question." For Vincent van Gogh, nature always offered the true revelation.
Vincent continued to turn to familiar themes after he moved to Auvers-sur-Oise. Continue on to the next page to learn more.