The exuberant spring of Van Gogh at the MET in New York

Van Gogh. Irises,1890 (detail)
Irises,1890 (detail)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, MET, New York City

From May 12 to August 16, 2015

The spring of May explodes at the MET in New York, one of the largest art museums in the world. A must-see for all fans of the Dutch artist. A divine flashback. “Vincent Van Gogh: Irises and Roses“, four paintings that were part of a floral series that have never been exhibited together. Iris and Rose shown alongside their homologous: Iris from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Rose from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Van Gogh and his brother Theo

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) worked with constant exitement on Iris and Roses series duryng his stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy, where he had fled becouse of a form of epilepsy. During last year before his death, he has created almost 130 paintings. Van Gogh dedicated himself on the of the Iris and Rose subject as a continuum to his previous series of sunflower. Vincent had informed his brother Theo of its plans to undertake a series of floral paintings. After completing the paintings, he left them in the mental hospital in order to dry, and after his death, the paintings were divided.

Van Gogh, like many artists of his time, was influenced by Japanese works produced in the seventeenth century. The use of well-marked outlines blacks in Irises is a hallmark of Japanese woodcuts, helping him to strengthen the expressiveness of his paintings.
How well he understood the exquisite nature of flowers!” The comments of the French art critic Octave Mirbeau, the first owner of one of the Iris of Van Gogh: “Still life, is certainly not the right way to describe the vibrant paintings of Van Gogh, swirling colors and pulsing of natural life” . Quotes that continue to be actual today.

The exhibition is made possible by Janice Levin Foundation.