Vase with red gladioli II by Vincent Van Gogh

Vase with red gladioli II by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh often turned to the theme of flowers. In his still-lifes, the artist tried to experiment with color, strengthening his shades and bringing the expressiveness of colorful combinations to the maximum.

In this still-life, written in 1886, Van Gogh depicted gladiolus. Their bright, intense red flashes on a dark green background, and long leaves arrow pointing up. A beautiful ceramic vase with an intricate white pattern stands out on a general darkish background, immediately attracting the attention of the viewer.

A few small white asters are lost a little among the lush gladioli. Some of them

are thrown on a bright yellow-orange tablecloth. The green wall has a warmish shade, but the greenery of the flowers on its background is not lost. Highlights of green are visible on the tablecloth, and on the astrakhs abandoned on it.

In the still life at first sight recognizes the picturesque handwriting of Van Gogh. The whole color scheme of the picture is based on a bright, contrasting combination of opposite colors. Nevertheless, such a combination does not at all seem flashy. Absolutely, it would seem, incompatible colors due to the author’s coloristic gift very harmoniously co-exist in this still-life, supplementing and strengthening each other.

Both the color system and the manner of writing this picture are very tense and energetic, it bears in itself the intensity of feelings Van Gogh tried to convey.

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