Vincent van Gogh's Irises

Persian Irises in the Author's Garden
Persian Irises in the Author's Garden | Source

My Irises and Those of Vincent van Gogh

As I look over my right shoulder as I’m typing this, out into my front garden, I see Vincent van Gogh’s irises — they’re my irises, Persian irises, but they look like the ones in van Gogh’s series of iris paintings.

My irises are in the top photograph to the right as you read this. Van Gogh’s Irises (1889) are below mine.

A reproduction of van Gogh’s The Starry Night (1889) is on the wall to my left. Reproductions of Sunflowers (1887) and Café Terrace at Night (1888) are on the wall opposite me.

Post-Impressionism

Vincent van Gogh's Irises (1889)
Vincent van Gogh's Irises (1889) | Source

Impressionism and Expressionism

When I wrote Impressionism vs. Expressionism, I asked my readers in a poll which style of painting they preferred. In their comments at the end of my article, I was asked which of the two styles of painting I liked best.

I replied that I preferred Post-Impressionism — the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin.

Impressionism flourished in France from 1867 to 1886. The Expressionist movement was found in both France and Germany from 1905 to 1925. The Post-Impressionist movement existed from approximately 1880 to 1900. It overlapped in the beginning with Impressionism and ended slightly before Expressionism began. Unlike Impressionism and Expressionism, Post-Impressionism wasn't associated with the artists of any one country.

What is Post-Impressionism?

Post-Impressionism is best described as an art movement rather than a school of art or a style of painting. Looking back on the period between Impressionism and Expressionism, art critics and art historians—after the fact—applied the term to the works of van Gogh, Cézanne, Gaugin, and others. All three artists began painting during the Impressionist period, but their work went in three different directions after this style of painting faded away. The paintings by van Gogh don’t resemble the paintings by Cézanne which don’t resemble the paintings by Gauguin.

Vincent van Gogh: Self- Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887-1888)
Vincent van Gogh: Self- Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887-1888) | Source

Who was Vincent van Gogh?

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, North Brabant, the Netherlands (Holland). He was the son of the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh, an evangelical Calvinist, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus,

Van Gogh began painting in 1880 at the age of 27. He painted for only ten years, until his untimely death in 1890.

Vincent van Gogh was a martyr who cared passionately about art and who devoted his life to it. He was a madman who spent much of the last years of his life in an insane asylum. (It was speculated many years after his death that van Gogh was not insane, but that he had epilepsy.)

Van Gogh was a failure who sold only one work during his lifetime. He was a man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest on July 29, 1890. Van Gogh was also a hero, an artist glorified by the high prices for which his paintings sold in the latter part of the 20th century.

Sunflowers (1887)

Vincent van Gogh painted Sunflowers while in Paris in late summer of 1887. It's as if he were painting a group portrait of several people. Each flower is different, and each appears to me to have its own personality. The flower heads are faces. The petals are hair. The flowers connote strong sunlight, the countryside, the south of France. It's as though van Gogh wanted to be painting there rather than in Paris.

The brush strokes in Sunflowers are different from the ones in his earlier work. Van Gogh moved away from just using lines of colors, as he did in many of his 24 self-portraits. Instead, he used blotches and smears of color. The background has the appearance of a cross-hatched texture on a wall.

I enjoy looking at the reproduction I have of this painting.I like the variety of sunflowers van Gogh has portrayed, but at the same time, I don't think I like the personaities of some of the flowers.

Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers (1889)
Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers (1889) | Source

Café Terrace at Night (1888)

Vincent van Gogh moved to Arles in the Provence region in the south of France in February 1888. He lives there until May 1889. During the 15 months van Gogh lived in Arles, he produced 200 paintings and more than 100 drawings.

I look at a reproduction of Café Terrace at Night (Place du Forum in Arles) several times each day. I want to be sitting at a table at that café with a friend...drinking...something. I don't care what—I just want to be at that café.

This work by van Gogh looks more like a drawing than the oil painting that it is, and there's good reason for that. Van Gogh didn't use a brush or a painting knife to produce Café Terrace—he used a Japanese reed pen...a drawing tool.

A reed pen is a hollow stick with a sharp point at one end. Van Gogh used the point to draw outlines with oil paint of the objects in his painting. He then used more of the surface of the reed pen as a brush—to fill in the outlines.

Vincent van Gogh's Café Terrace at Night (1888)
Vincent van Gogh's Café Terrace at Night (1888) | Source

Irises (1889)

Vincent van Gogh had many emotional and psychological problems throughout his life. On May 8, 1889, less than six weeks after his 36th birthday, van Gogh checked himself into an asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 50 miles north of Arles.

Less than a week after entering the asylum, van Gogh painted Irises. He considered the painting to be a "study"—a sketch. He didn't think it was a full-fledged painting like his other works depicting flowers. The single white iris in the painting is thought by many art historians to represent van Gogh in his search for individuality.

Van Gogh called the painting a "study" because when he first arrived at the asylum, the only place in which he was allowed to work, to study life, was a small corner of the asylum's garden.

On November 11, 1987, Vincent van Gogh's Irises was sold in an auction at Sotheby's in New York City. The auction sale price, adjusted for 2012 dollars, was $107.2 million. The seller of the painting was the son of Joan Whitney Payson. The buyer was Alan Bond. Mr. Bond was unable to make all the payments on the painting, so it was resold to the Getty Museum. The sale price is not known, but it's thought to be less than the winning bid of $107.2 milliom.

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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Wonderfully written hub on a haunted artist who gave the world beautiful art. I appreciate you sharing your enthusiasm for art and I loved reading your article. Voted up, shared, interesting, and awesome :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

James (OldCashmere),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

I knew quite a bit about van Gogh before I began doing my research for the article. One of the things I recently learned was that it's now thought that van Gogh's supposed mental illness might actually have been epilepsy.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, Daisy, very interesting hub and great information on this wonderful, amazing painter... Such a pity that almost all the great ones have some kind of "problem"... So much art lost, although Van Gogh was really prolific, after all 200 paintings and more than 100 drawings in 15 months, that's really something... Really enjoyed your Irises, very beautiful and also Van Gogh's... Voted up and interesting and sharing! Have a good day!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Algarveview,

It's good to "see" you again. Thanks for your comments and for sharing my article.

You're correct about many great ones having some kind of "problem." Why do you think that is?


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Thank you for a lovely reminder of Van Gogh's work. When I studied art, the term post-impressionist was not really used; the artists who began as Impressionists were considered to be an expansion of Impressionist art into a variety of styles around the globe. Voted up and beautiful


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You have brought the genius of Van Gogh to life. Your irises' are lovely. Thanks Daisy and my vote is UP! Also, am putting the word out for those followers you need. Good luck.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful pictures and details. I agree with the best artists no matter what genre had/have some sort of "issue." That issue obviously became a gift to their creativity. I need an "issue!":)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Your own irises are just as beautiful as any painting. I really enjoy your art hubs. More, please! : )


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sid,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. Post-Impressionism is a term invented by art historians after the artists were long gone. I can understand why it is used, however. Van Gogh's paintings are not soft enough to be considered impressionistic, and they're not abstract enough to be considered expressionistic.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. Thanks, too, for sharing my article. Some of my neighbors have actually slowed down while driving past my house to look at my Persian irises. Some of the stems grow more than four feet tall.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks, as always, for your support. This article practically wrote itself yesterday. I was sitting in the room on the first floor of my house in which I have my computer set up, and I realized that I was surrounded by van Gogh reproductions.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I planted the iris bulbs several years ago. Since I live in Southern California, I don't have to dig the bulbs up before the cold winter weather sets in.

There are several artists and specific paintings that I would love to discuss in my art history articles. Writing the Hubs isn't the problem...it's the paintings.

Painters had to have died at least 100 years ago before use of their images falls into the *public domain*. Take Edvard Munch's "The Scream," for instance. Munch died in 1913, so the people who are using the painting in articles, or worse yet, altering the image and creating derivative works, are not doing so legally.


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Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

goodwork


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Johnathan,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. Thanks for commenting.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy....I agree completely. Most seriously "artistic" individual are on the "edge" to some degree....unique issues...(according to the NON-artistic human) but quite wonderful and inspirational to the artist. I'm positive they all think Non-artists are the real Weirdos!! lol.

I love Irises.....I have tons in my yard that bloom first thing in Spring. They're a beautiful flower. UP++


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

This question to be answered is *why* are so many artistic individualson the edge. Why do so many have problems?


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Daisy I have always been a fan of Vincent van Gogh, so this hub was a delight to view on many levels. Thanks for sharing another top notch hub with us. It has long amazed me how such incredible artwork falls from the hands of the most troubled of artist. Passion, I suppose, plays a grand roll in greatness.

Hubhugs~


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

India (K9keystrokes),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your support.

I wonder what van Gogh's career as an artist would have been like if he hadn't been so troubled. What would have happened if he had painted for 30 or 40 or 50 years instead of just 10?


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teaches12345 4 years ago

thanks for the history lesson and background on Van Gogh. Such beautifully expressed paintings and with such detail would not lead me to believe they were a madman's view of life.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I had thought for years that van Gogh was mentally ill and had cut off his ear. In my research for this article, I learned that van Gogh might have had epilepsy, and that he had only nicked his ear.

I'll have to do more research and perhaps write a sequel to this article.


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Doc Sonic 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Daisy, you've presented quite a bit that I didn't know about van Gogh. I agree with you - some of those sunflowers don't look very happy! Why are so many geniuses on the edge? Sadly, I think that sometimes trying to cope with the demons is what brings out what we see as genius.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well, Daisy.....To answer most "WHY" questions, requires an entire Hub. Since I CAN easily provide insight into this, I take this opportunity to Thank you, for perhaps unwittingly, suggesting a noteworthy topic for a near-future hub.

When I retired and locked my office door for the final time, I made a firm vow to leave it all behind. I adhere to "enough is enough," when a particular phase of life has passed. Obviously I am reasonably flexible within reason.....a hub on the "issues" of the artistic community, sounds like a worthy cause. Thanks, Daisy.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glen (Doc Sonic),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

Maybe some of the sunflowers are sad because Sunflowers is only worth $75 million, whereas Irises is worth $107.2 million. The Getty Museum is only about an hour and one half's drive from my house. We're going to visit the museum this summer so I can see Irises "in person."


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

Thanks for visiting again. It wasn't unwittingly at all.

I began discussing in my comments the fine line between genius and insanity after the two writers known as *algarveview* brought up the subject in their comment.

I was hoping that someone would decide to write an article on the subject. It's a great topic for a Hub.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Ah, Van Gogh. One of my favorite painters. I once heard that all the paintbrush marks in his paintings reflected his chaotic life. I absolutely love irises. Your purple irises captured my attention - very beautiful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cyndi,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

My purple irises capture the attention of my neighbors as they drive by our house. Many of the stems grow at least four feet tall.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've been lucky enough to see a lot of Van Gogh's paintings -- some museums in L.A. have them, and I've found them scattered all over the world, especially in Paris. This is a great discourse on him and his art style. I hope you get the chance to see the originals some day. If you like the repros, the originals will blow you away. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

I saw one of van Gogh's Sunflower paintings in New York City a number of years ago. We have plans to go to the Getty Museum in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to seeing Irises.

I'd love to write about some of the more *modern* artists, but paintings aren't in the public domain until 100 years after the artist's death.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I really enjoyed the information on Van Gogh. I do remember hearing that he was mentally ill. Epilepsy was mis-diagnosed as mental illness often back many years ago. I really enjoyed the pictures as well. Great hub! Up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

sgbrown,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. When I was studying art in college, I learned about van Gogh's mental illness problems. It wasn't until I began doing the research for this article that I read the theory that his troubles might have been related to epilepsy.


onlooker 4 years ago

Voted everything else but funny. It is sad to know that van Gogh's talents were recognized after his death but nevertheless they have been immortalized. I do love the variety of sunflowers too and I just noticed the different personalities. I agree with you, some of them seem not so nice =)Loved your choices of paintings both his and your Irises, the sunflowers and the beautiful Café Terrace at Night. You have done justice to the enchanting artist that was Vincent van Gogh.

Thank you, Daisy.

p.s. waiting for more of these kind =)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava (onlooker),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I have more *art history* articles planned. My next one will probably involve High Renaissance art, perhaps Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo.

As I mentioned to Aurelio a few comments before this one, an artist had to have died 100 years ago in order for his paintings to be in the public domain. If an artist died less than 100 years ago, examples of his work can't be included in the article. It wouldn't be very interesting to write a Hub about Pablo Picasso, for example, and not include examples of his paintings.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...I will post this enlightening labor of love to my music/cinema group at FB in order to entertain 'the art crowd' there with a direct link back here - and I am currently thinking about that beautiful song by Don McLean - Vincent ......

lake erie time 10:38pm


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Colin / Epi,

It's good to "see" you again. I'm glad you have time to visit some of my more recent Hubs.

Thanks for sharing my article with your music/cinema Facebook group. As always, I appreciate your support.

Thanks, too, for reminding me of Don McLean's song Vincent. I must admit I had forgotten about it. You're correct...it is beautiful.

May I point you toward my most recent Hub? ... Paris, France: Video and Geography Quiz... I "almost" included a clip of Edith Piaf singing La Vie en Rose, but since it's not in English...


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amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

I had an art teacher in college who got me really into Van Gogh. He is still one of my very favorite artists. I also love the post-impressionism era. Loved the picture of the irises and the bio on Van Gogh! Rated all ups and shared!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Amy,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Van Gogh was a talented artist with a fascinating history. I'm looking forward to viewing van Gogh's Irises at the Getty Museum this summer.


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Johnathan L Groom 4 years ago from Bristol, CT

im a picasso cubism type


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Johnathan,

Thanks for commenting. Unfortunately, although I greatly appreciate the work of Pablo Picasso, I'm unable to write an article about him. Picasso's work is not in the Public Domain and can't be shown in a Hub.


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carlarmes 4 years ago from Bournemouth, England

Van Gogh, one of my favourite artists. I have a number of books on this artist. reading about his life's work and his supporting brother.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Carl,

It's nice to meet you. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, too.

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. Have you read my article about Impressionism vs. Expressionism?


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Daisy, I have always loved Van Gogh's paintings and have always been touched by his story. Thank you for elucidating on Post-Impressionism. Not having been schooled in it, I was unaware that it was sandwiched between Impressionists and Expressionists. I love your Irises, by the way - they are some of the flowers that always remind me of my Dad. He had that colour in his garden too. I found your comments about the personalities of the sunflowers deeply interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed this hub, Daisy. Voted up and across.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Susan,

Thanks so much for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support. Irises are such a majestic flower, standing so tall and straight in my garden. I love looking at them.


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

I couldn't agree more about the Irises, Daisy. They stand head and shoulders above many other flowers! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Susan,

Thanks for stopping by again. Have you read my Impressionism vs. Expressionism Hub?


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Nope, not yet, Daisy.... but I do look forward to it. I think we have much of the same taste in the Arts. :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

One of my Favorite painters is the eternally tormented genius of Vincent Van Gogh. While speculation remains as to the reason he cut of his ear - think her must have had a psychoneurological problem that not only made him suffer but made him see the world differently and gave him the gist of post-impressionism! What a gift eh? this is a brilliant 'study' of the man and his work, Daisy.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

Thank you so much for reading my article. To have you refer to my writing as a "brilliant 'study' of the man and his work" means the world to me.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

One of my favorite artists. This was as enjoyable to read as it was informative. I am so pleased to have learned a little more about some of my favorite paintings. I could read volumes more!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My I LOVE THIS.. the Cafe Terrace is my favorite..I am sharing

Debbie


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

I am so pleased that I am finally able to put my degree in Fine Arts and my certification to teach art to good use.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Debbie,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

Café Terrace at Night is one of my favorite paintings. I would love to be sitting at a table at that café right now.


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Princessa 4 years ago from France

I've always found Vincent van Gogh a very fascinating character, I am a fan of his style for its dream like images and brightness of colours.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Wendy (Princessa),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. Vincent van Gogh's life stands out among many painters as being both more tragic and more interesting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Daisy, I love Irises and it is incredible to think that he painted this when he was so emotionally disturbed. His life story is so sad that it imbues all of his paintings with something intangible. Great hub, really enjoyed it.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Daisy, you have such a knack for teaching this subject. The way you described and give information actual helped me see the different strokes in the collection of paintings you've given. Very well done! I highly enjoyed this.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie (Jools99),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support. Vincent van Gogh was a remarkable individual. It is often the case, as you might already know, that persons who have emotional problems can express themselves through art, especially painting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Keith (KDuBarry03),

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting.

Your college (Rowan University) and mine are part of the same university system in New Jersey. I was graduated from Montclair University with a degree in Fine Arts and certification to teach art in Kindergarten through the 12th grade. My particular interest was painting and art history. It looks like what I learned in school is finally paying off.


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donmanual 4 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Thank you for this brilliant article, Daisy Mariposa!

I love Van Gogh very much. He is my favorite painter.

And most of all, I love his Sunflowers (the one which you put).


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jesús (donmanual),

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my article and commenting in it. I hope to see the original of van Gogh's Irises within the next few weeks.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Daisy, I enjoyed reading your informative Hub about Van Gogh and the Irises that inspired your Hub.

You know what a flower lover I am...We can't grow Irises here in S. Fl. but I always grew them in Georgia.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. will share, Pin and Tweet.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Well done. Van Gogh's works are some of my favorites. A poster size copy of the Cafe Night hangs in the family room. Thanks for sharing so much information about his life.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for readng my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

We can grow most flowers here in Southern California. It still amazes me, however, to see roses bloom in late December.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cyndi10,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. How interesting that we both have posters of Café Terrace at Night hanging in our homes!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Still love this one!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb,

Thanks for visiting again. I wish my irises would bloom all year! Standing at least four feet tall, the flowers are so majestic-looking when they're in full bloom.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful hub about Van Gogh and his paintings. I love the paintings that you chose to show, particularly the Cafe Terrace at Night. Your layout and design of this hub is just beautiful and a lovely complement to the artist and art work that you write about.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I appreciate your very kind words.

Cafe Terrace at Night is one of my favorite painintgs. I see my reproduction of the painting every time I walk down the stairs from the second floor of my house to the first, and I wish I were at the Cafe.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Daisy,

I have long loved these classic treasures of van Gogh and your detailed review brought tears to my eyes, considering the beauty that has stemmed from this life of such tragedy.

Outstanding job and I am grateful you shared. Voted UP & UABI.

Happy New Year. Hugs, Maria


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Maria,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Vincent van Gogh had a troubled life. We're fortunate his talent was able to shine through.

Happy New Year, my friend.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hi Daisy - Oh, how happy I am to see this hub again. I just love how you have interpreted the sunflower painting - like people with different faces and moods. Yes, I see that as I gaze into the various flower faces.

Your Persian Iris's are magnificent and I can see why folks stop to look at them as they drive by.

Voting up again ad pushing each button except for funny. Sharing on twitter, FB, Pinterest and more. Thank you!


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Beautifully captured the real essence behind each painting, Daisy.

Vincent's painting go a long way for me as well. I studied him during school days and still admire them.

Voted up as awesome and interesting!

sharing it across


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for visiting again. Thanks, too, for sharing my article on so many sites. I appreciate your support of my writing.

It's the beginning of January, and my roses are still blooming. I'm going to have to wait a while for my Persian Irises to bloom. I'll post some photographs on my Facebook wall when the irises bloom.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ruchira,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. I was doing some work on the first floor of my house today, and I kept stopping to look at the reproduction we have of Vincent's sunflowers painting. Those flowers really do have distinct personalities.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Van Gogh's works have always been among those that I can view again and again and still feel the same sense of awe.

I loved your Van Gogh irises at the beginning.

thanks for sharing

Sending Angels your way ps


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patricia,

I'm sending Angels to your daughter. I hope her health problems improve.

It's nice to see you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Van Gogh has always been one of my favorite artists. I love his Irises, I'm intrigued by his Sunflowers, and I wish I could have a drink at his Café Terrace in the evening.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

What a comprehensive hub this is. You've moved from irises to sunflowers with quite a flourish. Your statements about Van Gogh are educational as well as interesting.

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your kind words.

My four-year degree is in Fine Arts. Plus, I'm certified to teach art in Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. It looks like some of my education is rubbing off on my writing.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Lucky for us Daisy!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (tillsontitan),

Thanks for visiting again. How very kind of you to say that!


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baja2013 3 years ago from Sarajevo, Bosnia

I really don't know much about artistic directions, names, years and creation environments and hubs like this one are right adress for me.

I do know what are my preferences and these colorfull paintings are my favorites.

Thank you for this nice hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bajazid (baja2013),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

What is important is viewing paintings and having an appreciation for art. Knowledge of the styles of painting and background information about particular artists is something which can be acquired when one has time.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I'm so glad I came across your hub once more! I've been thinking about painting Irises, and your photos and Van Gogh's painting have inspired me!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for visiting again. I'm glad my article is proving to be so useful to you!

After you've painted the irises, perhaps you can post a photo of your painting on your Facebook wall. I'd love to see it.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Daisy,

Had to read this thanks for sharing it! I am a longtime fan of Van Gogh's work and when I was in Amsterdam, visited The Vincent Van Gogh Art Museum where I also purchased a book and prints. The three you highlighted are my favorites and it was so nice to read this which includes them. Lovely hub and your own irises look absolutely gorgeous!

VUUAI and shared!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzanne (Suzie HQ),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

Can you picture yourself in the scene of van Gogh's Café Terrace at Night? I know that I can!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Fascinating and educational as well. The reproductions are great looking. I really like all the painters represented in your hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jim (xstatic),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Wikimedia Commons is a great source for legally-attributable images. That's the site I check first when I'm looking for images for my articles.

I still haven't gotten to the Getty Museum to see van Gogh's "Irises." The museum is only an hour and one-half by car from my home.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I lived in Orange County for a number of years, and ashamed to say I never did see it and a number of other treasures.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jim (xstatic),

Thanks for visiting again. It frequently occurs that when one lives close to a museum or theater or "tourist attraction," one doesn't visit the venue. I live a few miles from the Orange County Great Park and have yet to go on a tethered balloon ride.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Daisy: I enjoyed reading this article as I am a Van Gogh fan. I love the paintings you show here. It is so sad he lead such a tortured life. Great job on the background info on him. Voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzannah (suzettenaples),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. The van Gogh paintings I showcased are among my favorites, too.

Van Gogh painted numerous self-portraits. The one I selected provides insight into the pain he felt. I can see his tortured soul when I look at that work.

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