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

Cineraria in a Flowerpot

July-August 1886, Paris
Oil on canvas, 54 x45 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Catalogue numbers: F 282, JH 1165.

A significant part of the pictures painted by van Gogh in his Parisian period belonged to the genre of still-life with flowers. These paintings can be considered experimental aiming to lighten his palette and explored colours.

The characteristic features of the present still-life are the depiction of cineraria, a rarely represented flower, and the unusual diagonal cut which contrasts with van Gogh's other Parisian still-lifes of frontal, symmetrical composition. The pot looks as if it were falling over, its spatial positioning is somewhat uncertain.

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