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Interestingly, the first owner of the monumental work Irises by Vincent Van Gogh was the anarchist and author of 'The Torture Garden,' Octave Mirbeau, who paid the modest sum of 300 francs. This astute early supporter of the artist was one of the few individuals of his day with the foresight to appreciate such a masterpiece which, less than 100 years after its creation, became the most expensive painting ever to be sold. As with all of Van Gogh's late works Irises bares a tragic and cathartic dimension—each of his studies were controlled exercises in self-treatment.

Van Gogh painted Irises in the sanatorium in Saint-Remy-de-Provence after his notorious self-mutilation and numerous breakdowns. Influenced, like many of his later works, by Japanese woodblock prints, Irises was one of the first pieces he began upon his entrance to the asylum. The reproduction of the scene in the hospital garden is divided sharply into harmonious categories, segmenting the flowers, and spilling out light, color, and shade across the borders of line and form. Like his Almond Tree pieces, Irises is an experiential reproduction of the artist's state of mind, melding the vivid contrasts of the Impressionists, with the fraught, mood-swings of his Arles landscapes.

Van Gogh's self-treatment was more effective than that of his physicians. In Irises, each flower and each petal is unique, as the artist released the tension of his illness through the intricate, obsessive compulsion to paint life as he saw it. For much of his stay in the asylum, Van Gogh avoided more formal still life studies, in favor of the wild experience of taming rhe overgrown garden, not in real life mind you, but on canvas—the only world that the artist could control and predict.

As a master of complementary color combinations, Van Gogh painted a vast amount of violet-blue irises with yellow interiors. He also inserts yellow in the green background and green leaves of the flowers. A bit of red, orange and brown dirt is featured on the bottom left corner of the canvas. A single white iris stands out, also on the left side, and a bundle of marigold fades into the background. As an influence of the Japanese woodcut prints, the flowers portray a dark contour.

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Irises Vincent Van Gogh

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