About the Artist
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the most popular and universally recognized artists of all time. A remarkably prolific artist, he produced approximately 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings during a brief career spanning a mere decade. Following a succession of jobs, including a position as an art dealer, he moved in 1880 to the Borinage region of Belgium to work as a lay missionary among the miners. It was there that he decided to become an artist. Largely self-trained, in 1886 he moved to Paris, where he spent three months in the studio of the painter Fernand Cormon. He also made the acquaintance of a number of avant-garde artists including Paul Gauguin. Following two fruitful but emotionally draining years, he left Paris and moved to Arles, a town in southern France. Deeply inspired by the sun-drenched landscape and the picturesque character of the region and its inhabitants, Van Gogh developed what would become his signature style, marked by lush impasto, energetic brushwork, and vibrant color. In May 1889, the emotionally troubled artist voluntarily admitted himself as a patient at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in nearby Saint-Rémy, where he remained for a year. In May 1890, he moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, where he stayed until he took his own life two months later.
A detail from one of Vincent van Gogh's most beautiful floral portraits, Almond Blossom, has been applied to this keepsake box of note cards. Van Gogh created this work to celebrate the birth of his nephew, using the fragile buds as a symbol of new life.
Details of four vibrant oil on canvas floral portraits are reproduced on four cards each: Almond Blossom (1890), Sunflowers (1888), A Vase of Roses (1890), and Irises (1889).
The sturdy decorative box holds cards and envelopes neatly, and when the cards have been sent, it's great for storing all sorts of little things—from extra buttons to pearls.
- 16 note cards, 4 subjects, 17 peach-colored envelopes, 4.25 x 5.5 inches
- Sturdy decorative box with hinged lid and magnetic closure, 5 x 6 x 1.25 inches