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Vase with carnations

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This floral still life arose in the period between July and September 1886 when Vincent van Gogh was staying in Paris. He had moved into the apartment on the Rue Lepic belonging to his brother Theo. Theo worked for the art agency Goupil & Cie; he was in charge of the branch on the Boulevard Montmartre. Theo was permitted to exhibit works by modern artists such as the Impressionists and the Pointillists. He was good friends with a number of them; one of them was Adolphe Monticelli. He owned a floral still life by him which made a big impression on Vincent. The latter would certainly have studied it carefully when he turned to painting a number of floral still lifes as a study in the use of colour and tonality. In his later letters to Theo, Vincent repeatedly mentioned the floral still life by Monticelli.
The bouquet of Monticelli, which is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh in Amsterdam, is clearly related in style to the floral still life by Vincent van Gogh. The flowers seem to have been arranged nonchalantly in a vase and placed against a dark background. Similarities can also be identified in the way of working. Reticence in the use of colour, which was usual with the Salon painters, is completely absent here. For Van Gogh, it was all about intense colour, not some drab harmony.

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Title Vase with carnations
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 41 cm
Width 32,5 cm
Artists Painter: Vincent van Gogh
Accession number VdV 30
Credits Loan Foundation Willem van der Vorm, 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in 1886
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Internal exhibitions De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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