van Gogh - Fritillaria in a Copper Vase




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Fritillaries in a Copper Vase, 1887, Musée d'Orsay, Paris. This is an example of Van Gogh's integration of brighter, contrasting colors and Impressionist brushstroke techniques. Imperial Fritillaries in a Copper Vase (F213) reflects the influences of Neo-Impressionist Paul Signac. The background is painted with Pointillist brushwork. The painting was made with complementary, contrasting colors of blue and orange. Van Gogh was not a purist; he varied the shades of contrasting colors and chose subjects that he enjoyed, such as painting still lifes. Fritillary is a bulb that flowers in the spring with between three to ten flowers for each bulb. Imperial fritillaries, with an orange-red flower, were grown in French and Dutch gardens at the end of the 19th century