Irises – Floral Friday #2

Today it is all about the Iris. The Iris has always been my Mothers favourite flower, and since tomorrow is her Birthday (Happy Birthday Mum <3) I thought it was the perfect pick for Floral Friday. So this week I thought I would share with you a piece of art, that is by someone who I would consider one of my favourite artists… Irises by Vincent Van Gogh.

Irises was painted by Vincent Van Gogh during 1889, not long after he had started his stay at an Asylum in France. Apparently the painting was inspired by the gardens around the Hospital. Van Gogh believed that if he continued to paint, he could keep himself from going insane. He originally titled this painting ‘the lightning conductor for my illness’.

The technique used on this painting was quite different to his previous paintings, and is definitely inspired by a Japanese technique called Wood-blocking. The colours and use of this teqhnique, give an illusion that the petals are moving gently. The way that the flowers have been placed all over the place, the angles he has used, and the strong lines, make the flowers the focus.

In 1987, ‘Irises’ became the most expense painting ever sold, going for a massive $56.9 million, which was the highest price ever paid for a piece of art at an auction. The painting held this record for 2 years, and still continues to be one of the most expensive paintings in history, along with a few other of Van Goghs works.

Although this was painted during a time of suffering for Van Gogh, he has managed to channel all of that into this beautiful, calm and inspiring piece of work.Β Vincent Van Gogh painted so many things that were inspired by the nature that surrounded him, so I think it is safe to assume you will see more of his work pop up on the blog from time to time.


What is your favourite flower?
Let me know and I’ll add it to my list to feature on Floral Friday!



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