GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)

Flowering Garden

July 1888, Arles
Oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Catalogue numbers: F 430, JH 1520.

This painting of a flowering garden is a chaotic confusion of shapes and colours, full of vitality - a luxuriant scene of growth, more a jungle than a garden. There is a sheer and basic vitality in the growth in the garden, it seems unbounded, forceful, like van Gogh's own vigour. He made a graphic version (F 1456) of this subject, too.