About the Artist
This poster is a reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's Roses (1890), painted shortly before Van Gogh's release from the asylum at Saint-Rémy. At this point, the artist felt he was coming to terms with his illness and himself. In this healing process, painting was all-important. During the final three weeks of his recovery, he wrote his brother Theo that he had "worked as in a frenzy. Great bunches of flowers, violet irises, big bouquets of roses."
This is one of two rose paintings Van Gogh made at that time. It is among his largest and most beautiful still lifes, with an exuberant bouquet in the glory of full bloom. The undulating ribbons of paint, applied in diagonal strokes, animate the canvas and play off the furled forms of flowers and leaves. Originally the roses were pink—the color has faded—and would have created a contrast of complementary colors with the green. Such combinations fascinated Van Gogh. The paint is very thick—so thick that both rose paintings were left behind when Van Gogh left Saint-Rémy on May 16, 1890. He explained to Theo, "these canvases will take a whole month to dry, but the attendant here will undertake to send them off after my departure." They arrived in Auvers by June 24.
- 26 x 29 inches