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 …..
Vincent van Gogh created two portraits of chairs in 1888 during the time that Paul Gauguin was visiting him in The Yellow House at Arles. One chair was Van Gogh’s the other Gauguin’s. Empty chairs have frequently been used as the personification of the people who own them. This leads to much discussion surrounding the idea that the companion paintings may have been intended to represent the contrasting temperaments of the two artists. Gauguin’s chair is portrayed in the evening or night and is red, baroque style with curved backrest and upholstered seat, and has a burning candle and books sitting on it. The chair rests on a colorful carpet …..