It was recently brought to our attention that three of the still life paintings which Van Gogh completed in May of 1890, near the end of his life, all depict the same vase. We did a little bit of our own investigating and determined that this is most likely correct. It appears that the vase in Still Life: Vase with Irises Against a Yellow Background is the same as the vase in Still Life: Vase with Roses. The vase in Still Life: Pink Roses in a Vase has a similar shape and handle on the side but is obviously a different color, which could simply be artistic license. It’s difficult to say with absolute …..
Charles-François Daubigny was a French landscape painter of the Barbizon school who created his paintings in open air, or en plein air, as did Claude Monet. He frequently painted river scenes and was known to frequently work at the mouth of the Seine in a village called Villerville-sur-Mer. Daubigny spent his final years in Auvers-sur-Oise and died there nearly twenty years before Van Gogh moved to Auvers. In letters to his brother, Theo, Van Gogh mentioned Daubigny and his paintings numerous times. He had a Daubigny print, The Dawn (Cock crossing), hanging on the wall of his little rented room in Montmartre. In a letter to Theo from January, 1874, …..
During the later portion of Vincent’s stay in Saint Remy he grew weary of his situation and had a desire to return North to the area surrounding Paris. Van Gogh wrote to his brother suggesting that perhaps he could room with fellow artist Camille Pissarro who was experiencing his own difficulties at the time. Theo spoke with Pissarro who said it wouldn’t be practical and instead suggested Van Gogh find a place in Auvers-sur-Oise near a doctor who appreciated impressionist art and enjoyed painting in his spare time, Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet. Dr. Gachet had a medical practice in Paris, but spent the majority of his time at his house in …..