The painting "Vase with Red Poppies" was painted by Van Gogh in the summer of 1886 after moving to Paris.
The Paris period was very fruitful for him, during these years the artist painted about 250 paintings. "Vase with red poppies" is one of a series of still lifes of the Paris period of Van Gogh.
The impressionist technique captivated the artist and gradually the palette of melancholy beauties changed to red, orange, green, blue and, of course, yellow.
Still life "Vase with Red Poppies" is one of the first works of the Parisian period of Van Gogh.
It depicts a bouquet of large red poppies in a white vase. By the brightness, saturation and purity of the red color that the artist used for poppies, it is noticeable that he has already begun to master new art trends for him. But the predominance of the dark gamut on the background and the crimson-brown tablecloth on which the vase stands, and several fallen leaves lie, demonstrate Van Gogh's commitment to his usual technique.
The artist wants to highlight the brightness of the bouquet so much that he simply fills the petals with scarlet paint.
It’s as if poppies cover the whole space of the picture. Due to the framing with diagonal and arched sweeping strokes with which the artist paints a ph, the bouquet acquires volume and seems to reach towards the attracting gaze of the viewer.
The snow-whiteness of the vase emphasizes the tenderness of light green, not yet blossoming, butas.
Unusual for Van Gogh, the color scheme emphasizes a bright contrasting combination of rich pure colors.
The harmony of the color gamut characterizes the picture as an optimistic and cheerful work.
To date, Van Gogh's Still Life “Vase with Red Poppies” is in the Wadsworth Athenaeum Art Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
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