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Oleanders

1888
For Van Gogh, oleanders were joyous, life-affirming flowers that bloomed "inexhaustibly" and were always "putting out strong new shoots." In this painting of August 1888 the flowers fill a majolica jug that the artist used for other still lifes made in Arles. They are symbolically juxtaposed with Émile Zola's La joie de vivre, a novel that Van Gogh had placed in contrast to an open Bible in a Nuenen still life of 1885.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Size:
60.3 x 73.7 cm
Medium:
Oil on canvas
License:
Courtesy of The Met
For more:
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/s…
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