By The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
30 cm x 24 cm image, digitally printed on bright white, glossy print surface, 250 GSM premium paper
For Van Gogh, oleanders were joyous, life-affirming flowers that bloomed "inexhaustibly" and were always "putting out strong new shoots." In this painting of August 1888 the flowers fill a majolica jug that the artist used for other still lifes made in Arles. They are symbolically juxtaposed with Émile Zola's La joie de vivre, a novel that Van Gogh had placed in contrast to an open Bible in a Nuenen still life of 1885.
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