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Van Gogh Irises Fountain Pen

This elegant fountain pen captures one of the J. Paul Getty Museum's most popular paintings: Irises, by Vincent van Gogh. Pen includes blue lacquered wood gift box.

- Pen Materials: Rose gold plated brass and blue mother of pearl resin
- Nibs: Includes one rose gold plated nib and one Iridium plated nib
- Does not include ink
- Lacquered Box Dimensions: 1.9 in. H x 8.6 in. L x 5.9 in. W
- Made in Italy
- Item #: PNS03B

Made exclusively for the Getty by Walking Sticks, an artisan company that creates luxury accessories and objects for several uses, and leader in the production of walking sticks. With the passing of time, it has become a byword for quality thanks to the care for small particulars, elegance, and tradition, communicating taste and originality of the Made in Italy artisan products.

Information on the referenced art object:
In May 1889, after episodes of mental illness, Vincent van Gogh chose to enter an asylum in Saint-Rémy, France. There, in the last year before his death, he created almost 130 paintings. Within the first week, he began Irises, working from nature in the asylum's garden. The cropped composition, divided into broad areas of vivid color with monumental irises overflowing its borders, was probably influenced by the decorative patterning of Japanese woodblock prints. Each iris painted by Van Gogh is unique. He carefully studied their movements and shapes to create a variety of curved silhouettes bounded by wavy, twisting, and curling lines. The painting's first owner, French art critic Octave Mirbeau, one of Van Gogh's earliest supporters, wrote, "How well he has understood the exquisite nature of flowers!"

Vincent van Gogh
Dutch, Saint-Rémy, France, 1889
Oil on canvas
28" x 36 5/8"

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles