Friday, 2 August 2013

Van Gogh's Iris

                                             ‘Iris’, Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, Saint-Rémy, France, 1889
Vincent van Gogh painted his famous “Iris” series at the Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole in Saint-Rémy, France, in 1889. Allowed to roam the asylum’s grounds, van Gogh wrote in a letter to his brother, Theo, “When I send you the four canvases of the garden. . .you ’ll see that considering that life happens above all in the garden, it isn’t so sad.” In his last letter to his mother and sister he wrote, “But precisely for one ’s health, as you say—it s very necessary to work in the garden and to see the flowers growing.”
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