Post-Impressionist Grand Master Vincent Van Gogh’s “Irises, Saint Remy, 1889,” depicts the garden of the hospital where he spent the last months of his life. Suffering from depression for most of his life, Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) believed he could remain sane by painting and continued to do so while in Saint Remy. This work, the first he created while he was a patient, was influenced by the strong outlines, unusual angles and unconventional coloring of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Selling only one painting in his lifetime, Van Gogh’s “Irises, Saint-Remy” set a world record in 1987 when it sold for $49 million.
The brilliant artwork of post-Impressionist Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) powerfully impacted countless artistic movements. Producing all of his works within a decade, Van Gogh’s output in just one year totaled 150 paintings and drawings. Van Gogh painted outdoors with a special talent for capturing the subtleties of nighttime light and shadow. He suffered from lifelong bouts with mental illness yet created many of his masterpieces while institutionalized. Selling only one painting during his lifetime, Van Gogh has endured as one of the last century’s most influential artists.