You can own a Van Gogh! Our re-creations are so close to the original, you can't tell the difference. This limited edition 3D reproduction of "Iris" captures the vivid colors and every bold brushstroke of the original, allowing you to experience the artwork as Vincent van Gogh intended.
Read the story behind the painting >
Van Gogh's Iris was a natural choice to showcase the Verus Art 3D reproduction technology. His energetic brushstrokes and impasto painting technique are an integral part of the composition that can't be replicated with flat prints.
Iris was painted in the Spring of 1890, in the garden of the Saint-Paul Asylum, in the south of France, at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Vincent had admitted himself to the Asylum in May of the year before, after a period of mental illness. He found painting in the grounds there to be deeply therapeutic; the intimate connection with nature and being focused on the act of painting were simultaneously calming and invigorating, like a form of meditation. He suffered his most lengthy and debilitating episode in the first months of the year, and was unable to work outside in the early Spring.
Painting Iris just after that period must have seemed especially significant to him – with the plant, simultaneously fragile and hardy, erupting from the earth as the world comes back to life. Iris was one of the last paintings he made before leaving the asylum in May, 1890, just months before taking his own life. The painting was executed in oil paint, on a cheap cardboard support, since canvas was in short supply. He painted seated or standing above the plant, looking down on it. This viewpoint intensified the (laser-like) focus Vincent brought to bear on studying the Iris. His vibrant, aggressive brushwork, along with his brilliant placement of form – learnt from Japanese prints – make his insightful experience of the Iris immediate to us.
The painting was made in two principal sessions, with a final campaign of emphatic retouching. In the second painting session, Vincent re-positioned the central stem in the middle of the plant, and texture from brush marks from the first session can be seen beneath those of the second.
In many of Vincent’s later flower paintings, he relied heavily on a red pigment, geranium lake, which faded rapidly and changed the tonal and color balance of many of his paintings. In Iris, the use of this pigment was not significant, and the painting preserves Vincent’s intentions and impact in large degree.
Despite taking his life at the age of 37, Vincent van Gogh’s legacy includes 864 paintings and over 1300 other pieces on paper. Documented by a series of letters to his brother, his artistic journey was not only of the adoption of Impressionist color and brushstroke styles but in his daring nature to experiment with emotion and the meaning of his pieces through a variety of compositions and less conventional backgrounds.
Reflected by the complexity of his unique style is his struggle with fluctuations in mental health – earning himself the label “mad redhead”. From heated arguments and fragile friendships to cutting off his own ear and shooting himself in the chest, Van Gogh’s life was a tragic roller coaster ride and sadly his legacy truly captured people’s attention, and has continued to do so, years after his suicide.
Add your own finishing touch to your Iris re-creation with a choice of three premium Larson-Juhl frames:
Finish: Gold - Width: 2.85" - Height: 1.5"
Finish: Dark Wood - Width: 5" - Height: 2.7"
Finish: Gold - Width: 1.3" - Height: 2"
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