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Pierre Auguste Renoir painted Gladiolas in A Vase between the years 1874 and 1875. The Impressionist experimented more freely with different color combinations, tonalities, and values while painting flowers, as there wasn’t that much of a worry with the figures. Vincent Van Gogh – a Post-Impressionist – would also enjoy painting floral still-life for the same reason, like in Vase with Poppies, Cornflowers, Peonies and Chrysanthemums.
The Impressionists had an admiration for Japanese art, something Van Gogh also inherited, stating in some letters to his family about how observing this exotic art gave him the joy of creating and portraying floral arrangements. These Japanese artworks were done by artists like Hokusai in a technique called Ukiyo-e, similar to traditional woodcut prints. These prints brought landscapes of breathtaking nature, flowers, and typical scenes of the ordinary life. This was one of the motives that inspired the Impressionists to paint en plein air, meaning they painted outside.
Different from his earlier floral still-life paintings, like Spring Bouquet, Gladiolas in A Vase has a more Impressionistic style and approach to nature. The flowers seem to almost be in motion, as the soft and loose brushstrokes of vivid color are not entirely defined – almost like a blurry photograph, a new aesthetic influence that was making its way into the art world. The background is dark, as the flowers are bathed in a warm light.
The ceramic vase ornamented with blue floral arrangements and geometric patterns lays in the shadow cast by the bouquet. This choice of the vase is not occasional, as this style of ceramics is reminiscent of the Oriental culture that was heading Europe, as the numerous decorative items and artworks. The table is covered with a white sheet, in which Renoir carefully depicts how the light shines on the folds of the fabric. The bouquet brings a burst of vibrant colors to the canvas, as the painter portrays bright red, pink, orange, green, white and magenta colored flowers that seem to overflow from the vase. Filled with incredible detail, Renoir doesn’t idealize this still-life but instead assembles the scene in more realistic manner – with broken twigs and fallen flowers. The painter even places some almost unnoticeable purple blossoms on the edge of the table, in the shadows of the background, as well as collapsed stems filled with flowers in the forefront.
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