Work Record with Description [Figure 39]

Work Record

Class [controlled] paintings
*Work Type [link] painting
*Title Irises | Title Type: preferred
*Creator display Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
*Role [link]: painter | [link]: Gogh, Vincent van
*Creation Date 1889
[controlled]: Earliest: 1889; Latest: 1889
*Subjects [links to authorities] botanical • irises • regeneration • soil • nature
*Current Location [link] J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, United States) | ID:90.PA.20
Creation Location Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France)
*Measurements 71 x 93 cm (28 x 36 5/8 inches)
[controlled] : Value: 71; Unit: cm; Type: height | Value: 93; Unit: cm; Type: width
*Materials and Techniques oil on canvas, applied with brush and palette knife
Material [link]: oil paint • canvas | Technique/Implement [link]: brush • palette knife
Inscriptions signed lower right: Vincent
Style [link] Impressionist • Post-Impressionist
Description This work was painted when the artist was recuperating from a severe attack of mental illness; it depicts
the garden at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. The cropped composition, divided into broad areas of vivid color with monumental
irises overflowing the borders of the picture, was probably influenced by the decorative patterning of Japanese
woodblock prints. There are no known drawings for this painting; Van Gogh himself considered it a study. His brother
Theo recognized its quality and submitted it to the Salon des Indépendants in September 1889, writing to Vincent of the
exhibition: "[It] strikes the eye from afar. It is a beautiful study full of air and life."
Description Source [link] J. Paul Getty Museum. Handbook of the Collections. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum,
1991; Page: 129.

CREDIT: The J. Paul Getty Museum
(Los Angeles, California), Vincent van Gogh
(Dutch, 1853-1890); Irises, 1889; oil on canvas,
71 x 93 cm; (28 x 36 5/8 inches); 90.PA.20. ©
The J. Paul Getty Trust.